Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at by Will Bagley

By Will Bagley

The bloodbath at Mountain Meadows on September eleven, 1857, was once the only so much violent assault on a wagon teach within the thirty-year heritage of the Oregon and California trails. but it's been all yet forgotten. Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets is the main huge research of the occasions surrounding the homicide of a few one hundred twenty males, ladies, and youngsters due to the fact Juanita Brooks released her groundbreaking learn, The Mountain Meadows bloodbath, in 1950. Drawing from a wealth of fundamental assets, Bagley explains how the murders happened, unearths the involvement of territorial governor Brigham younger, and explores the next suppression and distortion of occasions on the topic of the bloodbath.

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In summer 1849 news of the lscovery of gold at Sutter's M111and the lure of a new El Dorado brought hordes of adventurous young men to shatter the pleasant but impoverished solitude of the Mormons. These vagabonds had all the traditional bad habits of youthful males and an unhealthy curiosity about Mormon marriage custom, but they provided financial salvation for the strategically located colony. They traded desperately needed food, clothing, wagons, tools, melcines, and even stoves for any animal that appeared strong enough to make the hard journey to Cahfornia.

The Book of Mormon condemned the Lamanites as "a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations," but it also prehcted that the American Indans would unite with the Saints in the last days to destroy sinners and unbelievers. " Pratt joined them, and in fall 1830 the missionaries preached to the Delawares in the land of the Lamanites-the unorganized Indan country west of the Missouri frontier. S. 1~ Equally provocative was Mormon political and economic power.

Their chddren reached New Orleans on February 13, 1855 and were taken to their mother's parents. " She successfully escaped with them for four days but could not get out of the city. Her parents concluded Eleanor was insane but ultimately gave her funds to travel to Utah, provided she leave her children behnd. A Mormon emigration party hred her as a cook and "after incredible harddups and toils, [she] made her way to Great Salt Lake City," where she arrived on September 11, 1855. 13 Eleanor McLean's profound faith in Mormonism may have destroyed her famdy and would cause her untold heartache, but like tens of thousands of her fellow believers, persecution only increased her devotion to her religion.

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