Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1900

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The Mormon commitment to the creation of Zion-the Kingdom of God on Earth-decisively influenced Mormon legal conflicts with the state. In this first legal history of the Mormon experience, Firmage and Mangrum draw upon a broad range of church documents and archival materials to provide a comprehensive overview of a unique religious minority's encounters with the law and legal institutions.
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Overview

The Mormon commitment to the creation of Zion-the Kingdom of God on Earth-decisively influenced Mormon legal conflicts with the state. In this first legal history of the Mormon experience, Firmage and Mangrum draw upon a broad range of church documents and archival materials to provide a comprehensive overview of a unique religious minority's encounters with the law and legal institutions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252069802
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Reflections on Mormon History
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Early Mormon Legal Experience
1 Zion and the State 3
2 The Mormon Ecclesiastical Court System 25
3 Early Trials in New York and Ohio 48
4 Persecution in Missouri 59
5 The Illinois Period 80
Pt. II A Turbulent Coexistence: Church and State Relations in Utah
6 The Early Attack on Polygamy 129
7 The Decisive Attack on Polygamy 160
8 The War against Mormon Society 210
Pt. III The Ecclesiastical Court System in the Great Basin
9 Mormon Law, Gentile Law 263
10 Refinements in the Mormon Judiciary 279
11 Mormon Land Policy and Church Courts 293
12 Mormon Water Law and Dispute Resolution 314
13 Domestic Conflict and Church Courts 322
14 Contract Disputes and Church Courts 337
15 Tortious Conduct and Church Courts 354
Epilogue 371
Abbreviations 377
Notes 379
Bibliography 399
Index 413
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