Brigham Young: American Moses

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'Arrington gives readers as good a picture as they are likely to get of the man who assumed leadership of the major part of the Mormon church when Joseph Smith was assassinated in 1844.'-R. Laurence Moore, New York Times Book Review
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Overview

'Arrington gives readers as good a picture as they are likely to get of the man who assumed leadership of the major part of the Mormon church when Joseph Smith was assassinated in 1844.'-R. Laurence Moore, New York Times Book Review
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Editorial Reviews

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“The most objective and authoritative biography of Young. . . . A considerable achievement.”
New York Review of Books 

“Should bring new understanding and compassion for one of the most misunderstood giants in American history.”
San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle  

“Arrington pulls no punches. He writes of the successes as well as the failures, the conflicts as well as the compassion. The Mountain Meadows Massacre, polygamy, the United Order and other controversial parts of the story are all discussed, neither underplayed nor sensationalized.”
Deseret News
 
“Represents a significant turning point in Mormon historical scholarship for both Mormons and non-Mormons alike.”
History Book Club Review  
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252012969
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1986
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard J. Arrington wrote several books on Mormon history and the American West, including Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900 (1958) and, co-authored with Davis Bitton, The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints (1979). A regular contributor to many scholarly journals, he received a number of awards. Professor Arrington taught at North Carolina State, UCLA, Utah State University, and as the Lemuel Redd Professor of Western History at Brigham Young University. He served as Director of the History Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

Prologue: "A Portly, Frank, Good-natured … Man" 3

1 Boyhood in Vermont and New York 7

2 Conversion and Commitment 19

3 Ardent Disciple, 1832-1834 31

4 Apostle 47

5 The Missouri Interlude 62

6 The British Mission 79

7 Nauvoo 98

8 City of Joseph 113

9 The Pioneer Trek to the Great Basin 130

10 To Zion, 1848 153

11 The Colonizer President 167

12 President of the Church 192

13 Indians: Friendship and Caution 210

14 Governor of Utah 223

15 The "Invasion" of Utah 250

16 Babylon Wars: Zion Grows 272

17 Governor and Counselor 302

18 Public Image and Private Reality 322

19 Protecting the Kingdom 342

20 Responding to the Challenges of the 1870s 363

21 The Last Year 382

Epilogue: Beyond Eulogy: The Legacy of Brigham Young 402

Appendixes 411

Notes and References 431

Bibliographical Essay 500

Index 511

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    In House Perspective

    It will help a great deal to be a Mormon to appreciate this book and don't expect any theology either.Just the endless chronical of what a spunky, good guy Brigham was in spite of his contrived and thoroughly corrupted religion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book!  I am so inspired by Brigham Young

    I absolutely loved this book!  I am so inspired by Brigham Young and his yearning for Zion!  I couldn't put it down!  Leonard J. Arrington
    did an amazing job!  5 Stars!!!

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