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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Statehood
Description were convicted and served time in the territorial penitentiary. The common law rule that a wife may not testify against her husband was declared inoperative in the case of polygamous wives. Many went to jail for contempt when they refused to give evidence against their husbands.5 In 1887 Congress struck the final legislative blow with the Edmunds-Tucker Act. That law: --Disincorporated the Momon Church and the perpetual Emigration Company. -Declared all church property in excess of $50,000 forfeit to the government , and gave the courts power to ferret out actual holdings of the church, setting aside devices such as the "trustee in trust." -Abolished woman suffrage in Utah, disinherited children of polygamous marriages, and required all marriages be certified by the courts. -Required an expurgatory oath of all prospective voters swearing they did not belong to or support an organization which advocated polygamy. Thus, any Mormon would have to forswear himself to vote.6 After passage of this Act, the Mormons surrendered over $1 Million in property to the federal government to facilitate a court test of the constitutionality of the legislation. Temple Square in Salt Lake City was one of those forfeited properties. The church continued to occupy the block, but paid rent to the government.7 The Edmunds-Tucker Act was morally wrong when it took the franchise from women. Unjust as it was, the provisions of the Constitutional Convention defining the qualifications for voting could not go into effect until Utah became a state. This legislation was violently in opposition to the Constitution of the United States. This act illegally confiscated the real estate property belonging to the church. Nine years passed before the enormity of the crime was realized. "Resolved, that all of the real estate now in the hands of the receiver of the 'late' Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and all the rents, issues and profits arising therefrom, are hereby granted and conveyed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints." This resolution was approved by the House, March 24, 1896, and signed by President Cleveland, March 28, 1896.8 For 42 years Utah had been called wicked. Now they were vindicated. -43-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325443
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