The Mormon War: Zion and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838

The Mormon War: Zion and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838

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by Brandon G. Kinney
     
 

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In The Mormon War: Zion and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838, Brandon G. Kinney unravels the complex series of events in 1830s Missouri that led to a religious and ideological war of both blood and words. After Joseph Smith declared that Zion, or "New Jerusalem," was to be established in Missouri, local settlers soon took offense to the

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In The Mormon War: Zion and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838, Brandon G. Kinney unravels the complex series of events in 1830s Missouri that led to a religious and ideological war of both blood and words. After Joseph Smith declared that Zion, or "New Jerusalem," was to be established in Missouri, local settlers soon took offense to the influx of Mormons. After a Missouri milita unit had been attacked by Mormons, the governor of Missouri authorized the notorious Executive Order 44, which called for Mormons to be “exterminated or driven from the State.” The Mormon War not only challenged the protection afforded by the First Amendment, it foreshadowed the partisan violence over slavery and states’ rights that would erupt across Missouri and Kansas. The war also fractured Smith’s Church and led ultimately to the unexpected settlement of a vast area of the West as a Mormon homeland. By tracing the life of Joseph Smith, Jr. and his quest for Zion, the author reveals that the religion he founded was destined for conflict—both internal and external—as long as he remained its leader.

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ISBN-13:
9781594161308
Publisher:
Westholme Publishing
Publication date:
08/18/2011
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,440,024
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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