February 28, 2017. Women’s Rights in the West from Polygamy to The Vote
 Continue reading Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870. Be prepared to discuss it on Thursday, March 2nd in class.
 Check out Reno’s Divorce History website

March 2, 2017. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake & The Progressive Era

Gallery of Photographs Related to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Fire, and Refugee Camps

Multimedia for Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s House Full of Females


Multimedia for John Muir, The San Francisco Earthquake, and the Hetch Hetchy Disaster 

How San Francisco’s Chinatown Emerged from the 1906 Earthquake and Thrived

Los Angeles and the Fight for Valley Water 

How the West Was Watered 

Weekly Assignment 

  1. Submit 1-3 questions below that you would like to discuss Thursday after reading Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s A House Full of Females.
  2. Work on your research proposal due Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5 P.M.


Dr. Rhae Lynn Barnes is a member of the Society of Fellows at USC and Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at Princeton (beginning 2018). She earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University and B.A. at U.C. Berkeley. She is the co-founder of U.S. History Scene.
  • Kyra Schoonover


    1. How do you think the author feels about plural marriage? Is it evident in her writing?

    2. Does the practice of plural marriage automatically disenfranchise Mormon women, despite their other relatively progressive rights?

    3. How does using the documents of ordinary people change a telling of history? For better, or for worse?

  • Linda Rose

    I think the most intriguing aspect of the book is the
    dichotomy of how plural marriage both empowered and subjugated women. My question
    is more rhetorical but worth pondering: women were allowed to run their aid
    societies as long as they were obeying their husbands; was this subservience to
    their husbands what enabled them (taught them?) to work together within the household and in
    their social groups? It seems like idea of “too many cooks in the kitchen”
    would have come into play, and yet their struggle over who was the “boss” did
    not come into play very often.

    Interestingly Udney Hay Jacob believed polygamy was not only
    supported Biblically but that it would check the growing power he recognized in
    women. Ironically, the society women found together empowered them rather than rendering
    them voiceless among the masses.

    I think Emma Smith’s story is perhaps the most empowering of

  • Paul Delio


    I think a fascinating topic to explore would be family dynamics, especially in the eyes of mormon children. How was it for them growing up in a polygamous family? The photo I think that most ties into this topic would be the books cover photo (page 260).

  • Krystal Cervantes

    I apologize for the late submission, but here are a few things I had been thinking about prior to our class meeting:

    1) When looking at the men who had sealed themselves in secret, without their actual wives knowing, how were these later introduced? Were secret wives as readily accepted into the household by the other wives?

    2) Why weren’t there really as many documented births among plural marriages? Do you think it’s due to falsified records? If so, what reasons would the church have to hide multiple children?