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Under the Prophet in Utah; the National Menace of a Political Priestcraft [Kindle Edition]

Frank Jenne Cannon , Harvey Jerrold O'Higgins
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  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444435949
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed the book as a reference to the polygamy situation the new Mormon church struggled with to become a State. Frank Cannon gives you a real feel for the political issues in the early Mormon Church, the Utah Territory, and the Federal Government. As a member of the Mormon Church, I found it difficult to believe the statements that Mr. Cannon places before his audience about the Prophet of the time, Joseph F Smith. However, this said,his narrative is very believable and applicable to the issues that were taking place in Washington DC, and in the Utah Territory.

He does place out to his readers that the real issue of the time was that the women placed in polygamy families had not claim to their spouse's name or fortune. This was because the marriages we done in secrecy outside the law. This practice was due to the fact that the church had signed a pact that they would no longer practice polygamy in turn for statehood. Since the practice continued after the pact, the wives had no claim to the family, and the children had no clam to their heritage and the future.

This was not an adventure read, but one of diligence. I enjoyed the book.
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This is one of my favorite books about late nineteenth/early twentieth century Utah. Cannon's book is almost a memoir, and yet it is a history as well. With intimate detail, Frank J. Cannon, a one time U.S. senator from Utah, describes his life-long interaction with the LDS hierarchy which included his own father, Apostle George Q. Cannon.

A young Mormon growing up as part of an elite LDS family, he initially works on behalf of the Church and its causes, particularly during the polygamy raids of the late nineteenth century. At one point he acts as a special envoy for the Church, meeting with New York Governor Sanford and his wife to convince Sanford to accept an offer to replace Justice Zane of the Utah Supreme Court. The Church leadership had hoped that if Sanford replaced Justice Zane, he would be more lenient on the many Brethren who continued in post-manifesto polygamy.

Many times Cannon writes openly about his discouragement and frustration with the authoritarian control that the LDS Brethren had over the Mormon and even non-Mormon residents of the State. He particularly addresses the economics and politics of early Utah. He comments on interesting and relevant portions of Joseph F. Smith's testimony at the Reed Smoot Congressional confirmation hearings. The reader will learn about some of the rarely revealed back-story involving relationships between the LDS Church and national political and business leaders.

It is a shame this man and his experiences aren't celebrated or even discussed in the public school Utah history classes required for Utah middle school students. The book is short, but very well-written and very enlightening to those of us who have grown up with a whitewashed version of Utah history.

Kay Burningham, Author, "An American Fraud:one Lawyer's Case Against Mormonism."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insights from a former church insider April 9, 2013
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This obscure book is a great read for those interested in the LDS church at the turn of the 20th century. Cannon was a very good writer. I got a great deal out of his descriptions of the compromises involved in gaining statehood. The major point of the book is that later prophets (especially Joseph F. Smith) corrupted the original vision of the church, cashing in at the expense of the LDS flock and violating church promises to ban polygamy and resist theocratic urges. I am not sure many readers will agree with Cannon's view. The faithful will read this as sacrilege from an excommunicated apostate. LDS skeptics will argue that Brigham Young took the best of everything for himself, 50 years before Joseph F. Smith. I find it easy to believe that Cannon's views were heartfelt, and recommend the book highly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Under the Prophet in Utah April 28, 2013
By Terri
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I read 2 pages and put it down. I live near where Joseph Smith had his hallucinogenic vision and have always wanted to understand more about his "prophecy," so got this book thinking it would help me learn more about it. However, it was written with a Mormon in mind, someone who already knows about them, not a lay person. I still would like to know a little more about this time period and why so many people believed what he did, but this book just didn't cut it for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting History March 3, 2013
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An informative book. Fascinating look at the inner workings of the Mormon culture. History proves Cannon's concerns were legitimate. I wonder if he realized how "prophetic" his views really were!
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