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Product Code: XB218
Title: American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857
Author: Sally Denton
Publisher: Knopf
Price: $17.00
Date: 2003
Pages: 306
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"In September 1857, a wagon train passing through an area of Utah called Mountain Meadows was brutally attacked and 140 men, women, and children were slaughtered. In the immediate aftermath, the Mormon church placed blame for the massacre on a discredited Mormon and various Native Americans, but the issue of who was actually responsible has since been the focus of passionate debate.

"Investigative journalist Sally Denton draws on newly discovered materials, ranging from personal diaries to government documents, to make a fiercely convincing argument that Mormon dignitaries were responsible, that guilt lay at the highest levels of the church and that Brigham Young himself incited the crime in both word and deed. In this riveting tale of religious fanaticism, paranoia, and greed, Denton traces the extraordinary history of the Mormons up to the crime and explains how the Mormon church still struggles to absolve itself today. Written with a brilliant calm that renders the story all the more engrossing, American Massacre is a provocative tale that sheds startling new light on one of the worst atrocities in American history." (From back cover.)

Table of Contents

Author's Note

Jacob Hamblin's Ranch, September 11, 1857
The Cairn, August 3, 1999

Part One: The Gathering

  1. Palmyra, 1823
  2. Kirtland/Far West, 1831
  3. Nauvoo, 1840
  4. Winter QuartersóCouncil Bluffs, 1846
  5. Salt Lake City, August 24, 1849
  6. Sevier River, October 26, 1853

Part Two: The Passage

  1. Harrison, March 29, 1857
  2. Deseret, August 3, 1857
  3. The Southern Trail, August 8-September 4, 1857
  4. Mountain Meadows, September 7-11, 1857
  5. Deseret, September 12, 1857
  6. Camp Scott, November 16, 1857
  7. Cedar City, April 7, 1859
  8. Mountain Meadows, May 25, 1861
  9. Mountain Meadows, March 23, 1877

Mountain Meadows Aftermath
Lonely Dell, January 22, 2002

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