Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows / Edition 1

Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows / Edition 1

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by Will Bagley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0806136391

ISBN-13: 9780806136394

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press


The massacre at Mountain Meadows on September 11, 1857, was the single most violent attack on a wagon train in the thirty-year history of the Oregon and California trails. Yet it has been all but forgotten. Will Bagley’s Blood of the Prophets is an award-winning, riveting account of the attack on the Baker-Fancher wagon train by Mormons in the local

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The massacre at Mountain Meadows on September 11, 1857, was the single most violent attack on a wagon train in the thirty-year history of the Oregon and California trails. Yet it has been all but forgotten. Will Bagley’s Blood of the Prophets is an award-winning, riveting account of the attack on the Baker-Fancher wagon train by Mormons in the local militia and a few Paiute Indians. Based on extensive investigation of the events surrounding the murder of over 120 men, women, and children, and drawing from a wealth of primary sources, Bagley explains how the murders occurred, reveals the involvement of territorial governor Brigham Young, and explores the subsequent suppression and distortion of events related to the massacre by the Mormon Church and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806136394
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
493
Sales rank:
549,934
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.08(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsXI
List of MapsXII
PrefaceXIII
AcknowledgmentsXXI
Prologue: The Mountain Meadow3
1Their Innocent Blood Will Cry unto the Lord of Hosts6
2The Battle-Ax of the Lord23
3Political Hacks, Robbers, and Whoremongers38
4The Arkansas Travelers55
5I Will Fight Them and I Will Fight All Hell73
6We Are American Citizens and Shall Not Move95
7The Knife and Tomahawk123
8The Work of Death140
9The Scene of Blood and Carnage156
10Plunder171
11All Hell Is in Commotion188
12They Have Slain My Children208
13Vengeance Is Mine225
14A Hideous Lethargic Dream248
15Lonely Dell268
16As False as the Hinges of Hell: The Trials of John D. Lee287
17He Died Game: The Execution of John D. Lee307
18The Mountain Meadow Dogs323
19Nothing but the Truth Is Good Enough348
Epilogue: The Ghosts of Mountain Meadows365
AppendixVictims of the Massacre385
Notes391
Bibliography447
Index475

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Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read 'Under the Banner of Heaven,' I wanted to learn more of the Mountain Meadows story. I chose Bagley's book over Juanita Brooks's simply because I knew Bagley drew heavily from Brooks's work, broadening the scope in some ways, narrowing it in others, and incorporating material that has come to light since Brooks's final writing. I am just finishing Bagley's book and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It moves very well, is exceptionally well researched, and seems to make a conscious effort towards balance and objectivity. The purpose of the book, it seems, is to more strongly implicate Brigham Young as an accessory after the fact to the massacre. Bagley makes a very strong case, by implication if not by hard evidence, that Young almost certainly must have known the full details of the massacre and made significant efforts first, to cover it up, and failing that, secondly, to offer a scapegoat in the person of John D. Lee. This is an excellent book about a fascinating story hitting hard at the very roots of the LDS church.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shame, just a shame
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a balanced history then look in more than one place. The LDS church released their own research done by two LDS historians and one or two independent historians. It should help balance out the biased against Brigham Young, more readily explains the anti-American sentiment (due in large part to the US sending out the army), and many other factors that led to this tragedy.