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In the Fall of 1857, some 120 California-bound emigrants were killed in lonely Mountain Meadows in southern Utah; only eighteen young children were spared. The men on the ground after the bloody deed took an oath that they would never mention the event again, either in public or in private. The leaders of the Mormon church also counseled silence. The first report, soon after the massacre, described it as an Indian onslaught at which a few white men were present, only one of whom, John D. Lee, was actually named.
With admirable scholarship, Mrs. Brooks has traced the background of conflict, analyzed the emotional climate at the time, pointed up the social and military organization in Utah, and revealed the forces which culminated in the great tragedy at Mountain Meadows. The result is a near-classic treatment which neither smears nor clears the participants as individuals. It portrays an atmosphere of war hysteria, whipped up by recitals of past persecutions and the vision of an approaching "army" coming to drive the Mormons from their homes.
|Publisher:||University of Oklahoma Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.94(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Juanita Brooks held appointment as a field fellow of the Henry E. Huntington Library and was enabled to carry out the original research for her book by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. She was the author of two other books and edited, with Robert Glass Cleland, A Mormon Chronicle: The Diaries of John D. Lee (Henry E. Huntington Library. 1955)
Jan Shipps is the author or editor of several books on Mormonism, including Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is written in a dry, academic manner and I imagine that later books on this matter are more readable. But, I think that the author correctly got the story right and documented the cover up. The fact that she was also a member of the LDS shows a great deal of courage on her part to do the book and I am sure that she endured hostility from many people as a result.
Dr. Brooks in her writings overcame stigmatism, dogma, and a fearful society out to hide the awful truth of a dark passage in Western History. As a young History student at my university, it was suggested we attend a lecture at the neighboring Jr. College given there by an emeritus professor. It is at this lecture, I listen and understood the passion and honesty brought out by Dr. Brooks. Her attention to a subject taboo in the local area was an evolving experience to all who attended this lecture.
The Mountain Meadow Massacre outside of the towns of Cedar City and St. George Utah has been denied and vilified by those who tried to keep it quiet. The Massacre is the collimation of "Buchannan¿s Blunder" also known as the "Mormon War". Dr. Brooks¿s insight and in-depth study has brought to light many factors that the participaten¿s tried to hide. Add to this the threat of an oncoming army, misunderstandings on several sides, then the questionable actions of several local leaders, leading to the execution of scapegoat John D. Lee.
Anyone who makes a study of this incident and NOT uses this work has made a huge mistake and cannot make an actual account of their writings on the matter
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