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The Rise of the Women's Antipolygamy Crusade, 1872-1887

In the post-Civil War period, federal antipolygamy efforts, begun in 1862, intensified into the unrelenting anti-Mormon crusade of the 1880s.' The anti-Mormon groups supporting this crusade were antipolygamy congressmen, lobbyists, Protestant dergy and journalists, often collaborating with Utah anti-Mormons.2 This crusade was stimulated and supported by a grass-roots women's antipolygamy movement which was launched from Utah with the founding of the Salt Lake Ladies Anti-Polygamy Society. A groundwork of antipolygamy support among the nation's women had previously been created by women's antipolygamy writings, both fictional and confessional.