- Hardcover: 1096 pages
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; Two-Volume Set edition (May 11, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806157232
- ISBN-13: 978-0806157238
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.7 x 10 inches
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Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers, Two-Volume Set Two-Volume Set Edition
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Papers are arranged in logical units, documenting each phase of the investigation and court actions. Each chapter in the well-ordered arrangement includes a contextual introduction; there are also such helps as a chronology and a biographical register. These are, however, only general aids to the user: This is a collection of raw documents, not an analysis or evaluation. Those already familiar with the circumstances of the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the American legal process will get the most out of this collection; more casual readers will have to depend upon the introductions, with which they may or may not agree (the editors have made a strong effort to be neutral and dispassionate historians, but of course the polarized views of Mormon action at Mountain Meadows mean that some readers on the far ends of the interpretative spectrum will find fault). The editors have rendered an extraordinary service to students of the event and its era by making careful transcriptions (most of which appear in print for the first time; indeed, significant portions have lain unused in archives in their untranscribed shorthand form until now) available to anyone.
These are essential documents for understanding the massacre and its aftermath. Readers without a significant background in legal forms may want to wait for the narrative history of the investigation and legal proceedings promised by Mr. Turley; that narrative history likely will not be available for several more years.