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American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2003

    A Good Addition to the Body of Mountain Meadows Scholarship

    It is hardly possible for a single book on Mountain Meadows to be definitive, and American Massacre should certainly be studied by all who want to learn more about the tragedy. Perhaps the book's major contribution is its bolstering of our knowledge of three non-Mormon men, Capt. John W. Gunnison, Col. Thomas L. Kane, and Judge John Cradlebaugh, and their connection to the ghastly events at Mountain Meadows. Gunnison's 1852 book, 'The Mormons,' exacerbated the tension between Utah and the rest of the country. Kane's influence in Washington, in Denton's view, deflected both federal investigation of and military retribution for the massive crime. Cradlebaugh, perhaps more than any other investigator, ferreted out much truth about the Mormon perpetrators of the massacre.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Good Story

    Written by an author with ancestors that were Mormons, I felt like I might be buying an apologetic tome of this horrid event. And if that was the case, then so be it. However, Sally Denton pretty much gives it to the Mormons with both barrels.

    The book is very well researched with a good portion of it devoted to Mormon history and origins. The massacre is given a small space primarily due to lack of actual knowledge at the site. It does however present a compelling story of the events that transpired after the massacre.

    This book was written in 2003. I think the potential reader should be aware that the governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints issued a long-awaited apology in September 2007. While admitting the role of the Mormons in this massacre, it found that all responsibility was with the local leaders of the church. Interestingly, they found that Brigham Young's message "conveying the will and intent...not to interfere with the immigrants arrived too late."

    Does this remind anyone of the `infallible' pope? Isn't organized religion just a fun group of people to hang out with?

    Overall, it is a fascinating read especially for a person born and raised in Arkansas and now living in Texas.

    I hope you find this review (opinion) helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

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    Posted August 4, 2011

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