Friday, August 01, 2008

Mountain Meadows Revisited


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Monday, August 4, 2008
Mountain Meadows Revisited

Since the 1857 slaughter of more than 120 men, women and children at Mountain
Meadows, Utah, questions about why a group of Mormons settlers killed an
unarmed emigrant party and how much influence Brigham Young had in the attack
have swirled around the incident. On Monday, Doug talks with historians Richard
Turley, Glen Leonard and Ronald Walker about their new research and their
conclusions presented in their forthcoming book "Massacre at Mountain Meadows."


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have some trouble with all of this. My Grandparents spent much of their lives working on Museums and
Monuments and registering sites, even excavations when they were well over 65.

This book will be remarkable
for what it omits. The project fell flat in he California system, because Juanita Brooks put her papers in the Riverside CA. where
they are probably safe.

In the second half of the 19th Century, 550 Thousand Indians died, some from
European Diseases, most shot like rabbits for the sheer love of it, as Mormons had been shot in Missouri.

So you are a well publicized LDS Historian and the State Librarians know that you intend to blame the massacre of 120--oh so very many--unarmed men, women and children by paranoid local Mormons who had nothing to fear at all

Neither Buchannon's Folly, or the Echo Canyon War in whiich my GGGrandfather lit
fires and switched jackets and horses with the best ever happened.

Like walking into Yad Vashem as self proclaimed Holocaust Deniers there to put
the matter definitively to rest.

The biggest massacre in US history. Though everyone involved wanted a way out,and every life is sacred, I cannot
blame California for denying access to their collections.

It was announced that the reading copy would be released from A California
paper.

And now, just weeks later, the apparently final copy is released. The anti-Mormons wanted a plebecite on whether Brigham Young ordered the Massacre or not.

If he had he would have been clear on how he wanted it done. He expected the people in Southern Utah to trust him and his officers--not the locals--to figure out
a plan that would spare all not involved in Joseph Smith's assasination.

Kathleen Matheson Weber
www.mountainmeadowswiki@blogspot.com
For the Mountain Meadows Material,
start at the bottom of the archives and work up.

ClairB said...

You said "I cannot blame California for denying access to their collections."

Can you clarify for me? I'm not sure if I'm understanding this correctly. Are you saying that a California library denied access to the LDS church historians while doing research on their book?