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Polygamy Polygamy has survived for hundreds of years in the United States of America It first started when people were settling in the west Polygamy is when one man is married to more than one wife In some cases a woman can be married to more than one man but this is very rare It is called polyandry Polygamy started in the west because there were much more women than men The women had no one to take care of them so the men started taking more than on wife only if they could provide for them Fewer than five percent of the men took more than one wife The men who took more than one wife usually only took two Some men took more than one wife but it was very rare Most of the people moving west were members of the Mormon Church all so known as the Church of Latter-day Saints Pioneers who joined the Mormon Church became polygamist Polygamy has been practiced in many places including metropolitan Salt Lake City southern Utah Colorado Arizona Wyoming Nevada and northern Mexico which is now known as New Mexico According to store owners in Utah it is not hard to find polygamous families It is believed that ten thousand people still practice polygamy in Utah Utah would have become a state much earlier if polygamy had not been so common there In nineteenth-century Utah about twenty to twenty-five percent of Mormons practiced polygamy Arizona has been the site of many polygamous demonstrations and a famous raid in 1953 In 1953 law enforcement raided a polygamous community at Short Creek Arizona This big raid took two hundred sixty three kids away from their mothers and put them in foster care
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