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Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows Paperback – September 1, 2004
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This book challenges Juanita Brook's "Mountain Meadows Massacre" as being the most authoritative book dealing with the subject. Brook's book was well-written and meticulously researched. However, Brooks was too accepting of unsupported statements and failed, perhaps, to reach certain logical conclusions.
For those who are unaware, in 1857, an unfortunate group of pioneers traveling by covered wagon from Arkansas passed through Utah Territory on their way to California. The journey happened to coincide with the murder of LDS Church Apostle, Parley P. Pratt, in Arkansas shortly before. It also occurred at the same time President Buchanan was sending the United States Army to Utah to gain control over the "disloyal" Mormons. In September of 1857, as the pioneers were camped in the Mountain Meadows west of Cedar City they were initially assaulted by a group of Indians (there may have been Mormon settlers dressed as Indians among the group as well). When several days of hard fighting failed to destroy the pioneers, a group of Mormons appeared on the scene and pretended to negotiate a ceasefire with the Indians. As soon as the Arkansas pioneers laid down their guns, they were than slaughtered by a group including both Mormons and Indians. It is estimated 120 people were butchered in this fashion.
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Now a new book by historian Will Bagley is going to cause the Mormon Church even more consternation as he attempts to lay blame for the massacre directly at the feet of second LDS President Brigham Young. This was a theory privately held by Brooks, but she could not prove this at the time of her book. On page 363 Bagley writes, "A historian's professional and personal conclusions often differ, as was the case with Brooks' final assignment of responsibility for the massacre at Mountain Meadows. In the last revision of her book, she stressed the importance of Young's manipulation of the Indian leaders and the military orders placing `each man where he was to do his duty.' She retained her original conclusion that the existing evidence did not prove that Brigham Young and George A. Smith specifically order the massacre, but it showed they `set up social conditions that made it possible.' In a private letter to Roger B. Mathison of the University of Utah Library, she went much further: she had `come to feel that Brigham Young was directly responsible for the tragedy.' John D.Read more ›
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Very well written, my ancestors are all through this history. I was raised Mormon but never believed & extricated myself at 14, still I am very interested in this story my family &... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebel Flower Girl
If you are interested in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, this is the book you need to read.Published 4 months ago by Debra Fairman
As a native Utahan I knew very little about the Mountain Meadows Massacre. I started out with Juanita Brooks book from our library. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Wardle
A great history though sometimes goes too deeply into the weeds for my taste. Still I fully understand all the back story of this historic event.Published 8 months ago by Joseph G. Gallagher
This is perhaps THE most detailed and eye-opening account of a very grisly mass murder and cover up by the early Mormons under the control of Brigham Young. Read morePublished 10 months ago by CL Putnam
It was riviting. It was history written by a superb historian with credits to his name. I wish history had been taught to me this way. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terry
Einstein said, "The intuitive mind is God's gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant."
Bill Bagley has used his God given talents to the fullest by... Read more