By Will Bagley
The bloodbath at Mountain Meadows on September eleven, 1857, was once the one so much violent assault on a wagon educate within the thirty-year historical past of the Oregon and California trails. but it's been all yet forgotten. Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets is the main large research of the occasions surrounding the homicide of a few a hundred and twenty males, girls, and kids considering the fact that Juanita Brooks released her groundbreaking learn, The Mountain Meadows bloodbath, in 1950. Drawing from a wealth of fundamental assets, Bagley explains how the murders happened, unearths the involvement of territorial governor Brigham younger, and explores the next suppression and distortion of occasions regarding the bloodbath.
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Elizabeth Brittain Knowlton recalled that in 1857 the "Mormon traders were &er the money. "7 The Mormons, overlander F? H. "* Caught between the mystical view of the Lamanites enshrined in their scriptures and the realities of Indian life on the frontier, the Mormons faced no greater challenge than that posed by their Ute, Paiute, Goshute, and Shoshoni neighbors. The Mormons succeeded brilhantly at establishing their new homeland, but they did so at great cost to the people who lived on the land in 1847.
Utah's first non-Mormon federal officers and judges soon learned Governor Young held complete power over his followers, who regarded outsiders with deep suspicion. To secure their new hngdom, the Mormons quickly colonized every likely spot for settlement in the territory and beyond, foundng towns at key points that gave them control of the Great Basin. In 1850 traders opened Mormon Station in Carson Valley at the gateway to the southern Sierra crossings. Peter Haws built a ranch on the Humboldt Rwer at a choke point on the emigrant road.
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Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley