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Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

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Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than fifty women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. While previous accounts of his life have been distorted by hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner provides a fully realized portrait of a colossal figure in American religion, politics, and westward expansion.

After the 1844 murder of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Young gathered those Latter-day Saints who would follow him and led them over the Rocky Mountains. In Utah, he styled himself after the patriarchs, judges, and prophets of ancient Israel. As charismatic as he was autocratic, he was viewed by his followers as an indispensable protector and by his opponents as a theocratic, treasonous heretic.

Under his fiery tutelage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defended plural marriage, restricted the place of African Americans within the church, fought the U.S. Army in 1857, and obstructed federal efforts to prosecute perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. At the same time, Young's tenacity and faith brought tens of thousands of Mormons to the American West, imbued their everyday lives with sacred purpose, and sustained his church against adversity. Turner reveals the complexity of this spiritual prophet, whose commitment made a deep imprint on his church and the American Mountain West.

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Brigham Young was a rough-hewn New York craftsman whose impoverished life was electrified by the Mormon faith. Turner provides a fully realized portrait of this spiritual prophet, viewed by followers as a protector and by opponents as a heretic. His pioneering faith made a deep imprint on tens of thousands of lives in the American Mountain West.

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2013 Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Utah History Book Award, given by the Utah State Historical Society

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2013 Best Biography Award, Mormon History Association

About the Author

John G. Turner is Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Alabama.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674049673
Author:
Turner, John G.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
History - United States/19th Century
Subject:
RELIGION / Christianity / Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Religious
Subject:
Religion & beliefs
Subject:
Modern History To 20th Century: C 1700 To C 1900
Subject:
USA
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
42 halftones, 4 maps
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Brigham Young was a rough-hewn New York craftsman whose impoverished life was electrified by the Mormon faith. Turner provides a fully realized portrait of this spiritual prophet, viewed by followers as a protector and by opponents as a heretic. His pioneering faith made a deep imprint on tens of thousands of lives in the American Mountain West.
"Synopsis" by , 2013 Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Utah History Book Award, given by the Utah State Historical Society
"Synopsis" by , 2013 Best Biography Award, Mormon History Association
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