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On September 11, 1857, some 120 men, women, and children from the Arkansas hills were murdered in the remote desert valley of Mountain Meadows, Utah. This notorious massacre was, in fact, a mass execution: having surrendered their weapons, the victims were bludgeoned to death or shot at point-blank range. The perpetrators were local Mormon militiamen whose motives have been fiercely debated for 150 years.

In House of Mourning, Shannon A. Novak goes beyond the question of motive to the question of loss. Who were the victims at Mountain Meadows? How had they settled and raised their families in the American South, and why were they moving west once again? What were they hoping to find or make for themselves at the end of the trail? By integrating archival records and oral histories with the first analysis of skeletal remains from the massacre site, Novak offers a detailed and sensitive portrait of the victims as individuals, family members, cultural beings, and living bodies.

The history of the massacre has often been treated as a morality tale whose chief purpose was to vilify (or to glorify) some collective body. Resisting this tendency to oversimplify the past, Novak explores Mountain Meadows as a busy and dangerous intersection of cultural and material forces in antebellum America. House of Mourning is a bold experiment in a new kind of history, the biocultural analysis of complex events.

 

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A sensitive and in-depth look at the victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre were some 120 men, women, and children from the Arkansas hills were murdered by Mormon militiamen whose motives have been fiercely debated for over 150 years.

 

About the Author

Shanon A. Novak is assistant professor of anthropology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607811695
Author:
Novak, Shannon A.
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 13
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 figures, 28 tables
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 22 oz
Age Level:
from 18 up to 80

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » Rocky Mountains
History and Social Science » Americana » Utah
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General

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A sensitive and in-depth look at the victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre were some 120 men, women, and children from the Arkansas hills were murdered by Mormon militiamen whose motives have been fiercely debated for over 150 years.

 

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