Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Aug 19, 2008 - History - 448 pages
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On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them. More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter. Massacre at Mountain Meadows offers the most thoroughly researched account of the massacre ever written. Drawn from documents previously not available to scholars and a careful re-reading of traditional sources, this gripping narrative offers fascinating new insight into why Mormons settlers in isolated southern Utah deceived the emigrant party with a promise of safety and then killed the adults and all but seventeen of the youngest children. The book sheds light on factors contributing to the tragic event, including the war hysteria that overcame the Mormons after President James Buchanan dispatched federal troops to Utah Territory to put down a supposed rebellion, the suspicion and conflicts that polarized the perpetrators and victims, and the reminders of attacks on Mormons in earlier settlements in Missouri and Illinois. It also analyzes the influence of Brigham Young's rhetoric and military strategy during the infamous "Utah War" and the role of local Mormon militia leaders in enticing Paiute Indians to join in the attack. Throughout the book, the authors paint finely drawn portraits of the key players in the drama, their backgrounds, personalities, and roles in the unfolding story of misunderstanding, misinformation, indecision, and personal vendettas. The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands as one of the darkest events in Mormon history. Neither a whitewash nor an expose, Massacre at Mountain Meadows provides the clearest and most accurate account of a key event in American religious history.
  

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Contents

Preface
PROLOGUE
CHAPTER ONE
iii
CHAPTER TWO
xxi
CHAPTER THREE
xxxviii
CHAPTER FOUR
xlviii
CHAPTER FIVE
lxv
CHAPTER SIX
xcii
Appendix A
lxxxviii
Appendix B
xcvii
Appendix C
c
Appendix D
cxiii
Abbreviations Used in Notes
cxx
Notes
cxxxv
Chapter 11
1880
Chapter 12
1883

CHAPTER SEVEN
xxix
CHAPTER EIGHT
xliv
CHAPTER NINE
lxiii
CHAPTER TEN
lxxx
CHAPTER ELEVEN
cvi
CHAPTER TWELVE
cxxvii
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
xiv
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
xlvii
EPILOGUE
lxx
Acknowledgments
lxxvii
Chapter 13
1894
Chapter 14
1891
Epilogue
1876
Appendix A
1880
Appendix B
1891
Appendix C
1933
Appendix D
1881
Index
1970
Copyright

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Ronald W. Walker is an independent historian and writer of Latter-day Saint history living in Salt Lake City. Richard E. Turley, Jr. is Assistant Church Historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Glen M. Leonard is former Director of the LDS Museum of Church History and Art.

Ronald W. Walker is an independent historian and writer of Latter-day Saint history living in Salt Lake City. Richard E. Turley, Jr. is Assistant Church Historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Glen M. Leonard is former Director of the LDS Museum of Church History and Art.

Ronald W. Walker is an independent historian and writer of Latter-day Saint history living in Salt Lake City. Richard E. Turley, Jr. is Assistant Church Historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Glen M. Leonard is former Director of the LDS Museum of Church History and Art.

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