Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith - Part 1, Chapters 3 - 4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3 addresses the Canadian polygamist colony called Bountiful. Like Colorado City, Bountiful is also under the control of Jeffs. Girls are regularly transported between Colorado City and Bountiful to become plural wives. Debbie Oler Blackmore Ralston Palmer was a member of the Bountiful community. She presents a non-favorable picture of plural wives. For instance, one of Debbie's father's plural wives was physically abusive to Debbie. Debbie also had trouble with the idea that men held all the power in Mormon religion and families. Women were commanded to be submissive at all times.

Family relationships are also complicated in communities where plural marriages occur. Through plural marriages, Debbie's family tree shows she is her own stepgrandmother. Fathers may marry their own stepdaughters or even adopted daughters. In their sex lives, however, husbands are only permitted by law to have sex with their wives when the women are ovulating. Therefore, sex is...

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