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American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857

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In September 1857, a wagon train passing through Utah laden with gold was attacked. Approximately 140 people were slaughtered; only 17 children under the age of eight were spared. This incident in an open field called Mountain Meadows has ever since been the focus of passionate debate: Is it possible that official Mormon dignitaries were responsible for the massacre? In her riveting book, Sally Denton makes a fiercely convincing argument that they were.

The author–herself of Mormon descent–first traces the extraordinary emergence of the Mormons and the little-known nineteenth-century intrigues and tensions between their leaders and the U.S. government, fueled by the Mormons’ zealotry and exclusionary practices. We see how by 1857 they were unique as a religious group in ruling an entire American territory, Utah, and commanding their own exclusive government and army.

Denton makes clear that in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, the church began placing the blame on a discredited Mormon, John D. Lee, and on various Native Americans. She cites contemporaneous records and newly discovered documents to support her argument that, in fact, the Mormon leader, Brigham Young, bore significant responsibility–that Young, impelled by the church’s financial crises, facing increasingly intense scrutiny and condemnation by the federal government, incited the crime by both word and deed.

Finally, Denton explains how the rapidly expanding and enormously rich Mormon church of today still struggles to absolve itself of responsibility for what may well be an act of religious fanaticism unparalleled in the annals of American history. American Massacre is totally absorbing in its narrative as it brings to life a tragic moment in our history.

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An incisive analysis of the September 1857 massacre of a gold-laden wagon train of would-be settlers passing through Utah draws on Mormon history, contemporaneous documents, and recently revealed records to argue that Brigham Young, the head of the Mormon Church, and members of the Church itself played key roles in the crime. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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In September 1857, a wagon train passing through Utah laden with gold was attacked. Approximately 140 people were slaughtered; only 17 children under the age of eight were spared. This incident in an open field called Mountain Meadows has ever since been the focus of passionate debate: Is it possible that official Mormon dignitaries were responsible for the massacre? In her riveting book, Sally Denton makes a fiercely convincing argument that they were.

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About the Author

Sally Denton has been an award-winning investigative reporter in both print and television, having written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She is the author of The Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs, and Murder, and, with Roger Morris, The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, 1947—2000. She lives in the Southwest with her three sons.

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Table of Contents

Jacob Hamblin's ranch, September 11, 1857 — The cairn, August 3, 1999 — pt. 1. The gathering — Palmyra, 1823 — Kirtland/Far West, 1831 — Nauvoo, 1840 — Winter quarters - Council Bluffs, 1846 — Salt Lake City, August 24, 1849 — Sevier River, October 26, 1853 — pt. 2. The passage — Harrison, March 29, 1857 — Deseret, August 3, 1857 — The southern trail, August 8-September 4, 1857 — Mountain meadows, September 7-11, 1857 — pt. 3. The legacy — Deseret, September 12, 1857 — Camp Scott, November 16, 1857 — Cedar City, April 7, 1859 — Mountain Meadows, May 25, 1861 — Mountain Meadows, March 23, 1877 — Mountain Meadows aftermath — Lonely Dell, January 22, 2002.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307424723
Subtitle:
The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Denton, Sally
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Sally Denton
Subject:
History : United States - 19th Century
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Religion : Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-D
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History : Native American
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United States - 19th Century
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Christianity - Mormonism
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Murder - General
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Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Da
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United States - 19th Century/Old West
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Native American
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Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saomts (
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Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (
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Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857
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US History-19th Century
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Americana-Utah
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Americana-Southwest
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Publication Date:
20040914
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
352

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"Synopsis" by , An incisive analysis of the September 1857 massacre of a gold-laden wagon train of would-be settlers passing through Utah draws on Mormon history, contemporaneous documents, and recently revealed records to argue that Brigham Young, the head of the Mormon Church, and members of the Church itself played key roles in the crime. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , In September 1857, a wagon train passing through Utah laden with gold was attacked. Approximately 140 people were slaughtered; only 17 children under the age of eight were spared. This incident in an open field called Mountain Meadows has ever since been the focus of passionate debate: Is it possible that official Mormon dignitaries were responsible for the massacre? In her riveting book, Sally Denton makes a fiercely convincing argument that they were.

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