In September 1857, a wagon train passing through Utah laden with gold was attacked Approximately 140 people were slaughtered only 17 children under the age of eight were spared This incident in an open field called Mountain Meadows has ever since been the focus of passionate debate Is it possible that official Mormon dignitaries were responsible for the massacre In heIn September 1857, a wagon train passing through Utah laden with gold was attacked Approximately 140 people were slaughtered only 17 children under the age of eight were spared This incident in an open field called Mountain Meadows has ever since been the focus of passionate debate Is it possible that official Mormon dignitaries were responsible for the massacre In her riveting book, Sally Denton makes a fiercely convincing argument that they were.The author herself of Mormon descent first traces the extraordinary emergence of the Mormons and the little known nineteenth century intrigues and tensions between their leaders and the U.S government, fueled by the Mormons zealotry and exclusionary practices We see how by 1857 they were unique as a religious group in ruling an entire American territory, Utah, and commanding their own exclusive government and army Denton makes clear that in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, the church began placing the blame on a discredited Mormon, John D Lee, and on various Native Americans She cites contemporaneous records and newly discovered documents to support her argument that, in fact, the Mormon leader, Brigham Young, bore significant responsibility that Young, impelled by the church s financial crises, facing increasingly intense scrutiny and condemnation by the federal government, incited the crime by both word and deed.Finally, Denton explains how the rapidly expanding and enormously rich Mormon church of today still struggles to absolve itself of responsibility for what may well be an act of religious fanaticism unparalleled in the annals of American history American Massacre is totally absorbing in its narrative as it brings to life a tragic moment in our history.
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To be honest if I didn t hate to put down a book once started so badly, I probably would have quit reading within the first 100 pages While towards the end of the book, Sally Denton s depiction of events began like true historical non fiction, the vast majority of her writing was very obviously tainted by a strong distaste for Mormonism I m not a Mormon, and while I live in Utah, am neither a defender of accuser of the religion Ms Denton, very obviously sways strongly in one direction Much of he [...]
I date the emergence of my morbidity to the Bloody Pond of Shiloh, a Civil War national park in West Tennessee Use your imagination about that one Morbidity definitely comes from my dad, who lent me this book about a very awful and senseless murder of whole families in Utah in 1857.
Very well researched and written I have read some about Mountain Meadows, but now I want to find as much information as I can Sets up the background atmosphere, the players, and held my interest the entire time I seldom give 5 stars but I devoured this book FYI, if you are Mormon, you should be aware the book is not flattering toward the early church I have an early Mormon pioneer in my family tree, who was in the area at the exact time these events were happening and now I m wondering if I will [...]
What an interesting account of a horrible American tragedy and yet another reason why I despise organized religion of any sort People are such idiots.
Whoa This author does not like Mormons It started on page 4 and continued Did not like the book.
I tend to get stuck with certain historical actions and research them to death I m fascinated by the attack on the Wobblies in Centralia, WA, in 1919, and, for some reason, the Mountain Meadows Massacre by the Mormons in 1857 is also one of those things It so happens that this event occurred not too far from Cedar City, where the Utah Shakespeare Festival is held, and it just so happens that I went this year, and it just so happens that I found out that there is actually a memorial at the site S [...]
Although an entertaining read, it was defintiely written by someone unfamiliar with historical research, proper documentation, and footnoting Denton may be a well known in journalistic circles investigative reporter, she is far from an historian I have little doubt that Brigham Young had a hand in the slaughter of the Fancher party, but Denton makes it seem like every Mormon within 200 miles were mindless robots ready to do the bidding of this petty tyrant If that were the case, there would have [...]
Fascinating true story.The Fancher and Baker families traveled from Arkansas to California in the summer of 1857 For some of the Fancher s, they had travel this route at least once before This would be their last trip bringing family, cattle, and goods along with friends to their new home in California Usually the Mormons in Utah were kind to the wagon trail travelers by selling goods to them Not this time Incited to rage and violence by the Mormons and their headquarters in Salt Lake City inclu [...]
Read theSTOP SMILING review of American Massacre by Sally Denton Wagon Train of The Damned Of a Crime That Will Not Stay Dead and BuriedReviewed by Wendy WalkerThe story of the Mountain Meadows massacre, which author Sally Denton The Money and the Power The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America tells with dedicated conviction, is as alluring as The Donner Party calamity which occurred only a few years before A wagon train carrying the Fancher Baker party was passing through Utah territory, [...]
History is written by the victors, but occasionally another point of view gets an airing I only learned about the slaughter at Mountain Meadows recently It was touched on in another book I read, and that book s topic, a fairly recent atonement killing, made me reach for this one I don t have an ax to grind, and found this interesting, though chilling There s a lot of background about the first American religion, which is big enough and established enough to stand some scrutiny Some of the book i [...]
This is a pop history book about a really terrible event in American history, which most of us never learned about in high school In 1857, a wagon train was ambushed in Southern Utah as it was heading towards California Most of the people in the caravan were murdered, a few of the children were kidnapped, all of the valuables were stolen or destroyed According to many historians and the author, the attack was ordered by none other than Brigham Young, leader of the Mormons Denton has gotten a fai [...]
Very good pop culture style history of the 1857 Mountain Meadows massacre in Utah The book is a rebuttal to the Mormon Church s position that neither the church nor Mormons were responsible for the murder of 140 men, women, and children as they emigrated from Arkansas to California Denton s case brings plenty of evidence to bear that 1 local Mormons intentionally pressed the emigrants into a less defensible site and then, approaching under a white flag, executed all of the emigrants except the y [...]
American Massacre is hard to review since the author has a very biased and incorrect perception of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints A lot of her claims about the church s doctrine and history are incorrect, and she makes the LDS people seem like brain washed, blood thirsty war mongers.There s no arguing that what happened at Mountain Meadows in 1857 was an unnecessary tragedy, but there are events and persecutions that led to the massacre which Denton blatantly ignores in her acco [...]
Although I had a hard time getting through the initial chapters, this book turned out to be an extremely interesting and rewarding read It s loaded with facts about many of the prominent, and cursory, characters from the United States Civil War era, and manages to barely mention the war Rather, it gives you an idea of how wild the west used to be, and how difficult a Washington DC had trying to keep it under wraps The Mormons are not portrayed very well, but Denton does go out of her way to show [...]
I recently read Stuart Croft s Culture, Crisis and America s War on Terror and was quite taken with its notion of the date based description 9 11 being the US s second 9 11 The first 9 11 being described as the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 9 11 11th September 1857 so I thought I had better take the unread book on that I had on that very topic down from its shelf Finished it now It is a truly revealing book describing the blood soaked and shameful background to the establishment of Mormonism in U [...]
I didn t know anything about Mountain Meadows before I read this book, which is pretty remarkable considering I grew up in Utah and took a couple of Utah history classes The book is well researched and thought provoking Obviously, some of the author s conclusions about who is ultimately responsible for this tragedy can only be educated guesses But I felt she was largely fair in her re telling of the events, offering important context to help explain but not excuse some of the horrible actions ta [...]
The history is interesting, but the description of the massacre itself is painful, and the aftermath is difficult.I need to go back and re scan Krakauer s Under the Banner of Heaven to see how the accounts jibe.
Informative look at the foundation of the LDS church and how their early persecution, the rise of Brigham Young, and the exodus to Utah ultimately led to Mormon aggression towards all Gentiles, climaxing with the slaughter of 150 Men, Women and Children For years the Church tried to cover it up, before finally delivering a scapegoat in an attempt to put the issue to rest Over a century later, questions still persist.
This is one of the most well researched books about the Mountain Meadows massacre that I have ever read It details the history of the Mormon church and the people and events leading up to the massacre of 120 men, women, and children We learn that the evidence points overwhelmingly to the church and most probably its leader, Brigham Young, as the perpetrators of this crime, a crime that has been unequivocally denied by the church to this day An excellent read very enlighteningly written.
I would give this a 5 star rating but for the fact that the construction sometimes seems cumbersome But I certainly learned a great deal about the Mountain Meadows Massacre and about Mormonism generally in early Utah history I suspect that Denton over emphasizes the doctrine of blood atonement she in part follows the lead of those who decried Mormonism in the 19th c On the other hand, she offers documentation for much of what she argues.
A disturbing account of paranoia among the turn of the century Mormons and a massacre of settlers travelling through Utah in 1857, and the effort to cover up the truth Amazing story, and one of the many that seem to be coming to light over the last decade or so, such as the Rosewood massacre in Florida I am sure the Mormons are not happpy about the stirring up of unpleasant history But it is an interesting read.
There is a reason Mormonism is considered a cult Reading this hard to read account of gives insight into the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the unrestrained practice of their early beliefs The books ends with this quote Mountain Meadows had been the largest civilian atrocity to occur on American soil This is detail account of what lead up to this massacre, the people who died, and the results of this historical event.
A well written history that focuses on the context surrounding the massacre Helps us understand why these men might have committed the murders and why their higher ups helped cover things up for them But when you write about a subject that so many people have told so many lies about for so many decades, it is crucial that you rely on and cite primary sources Denton does, but she mostly works off and references previous historians instead of the large number of eyewitness accounts.
Sally Denton does a fascinating job of research from both Mormon and nonMormon historians She has a tie to this pt of history from her family line in Utah and where it is a hard book to read cover to cover it is full of a historical even that has been covered over and hopefully forgotten But with both Sept 11th events we must never forget.
I couldn t even finish this book I went into it expecting a documentary Instead, I found Sally Denton to be rather hostile towards the Mormons as a whole I looked up some of her sources and found that many of them were not firmly documented but rather peoples opinions I would highly recommend the book Massacre at Mountain Meadows It is based on direct sources and seems to be less biased.
It was an interesting historical take on a little known event I d heard of it due to having a Mormon student write a paper on it for my classbut this was certainly a different perspective than what I remember from her paper I always find it interesting when I find out that people I know of from politics today are somehow connected to the people I am reading about.
I first wanted to read this book about the Mountain Meadows Massacre after trips west than a decade ago But the book got buried in moving boxes until I uncovered it a month ago Timing couldn t be better, since the Fancher Alexander wagon train left from Fort Smith to meet its destiny in Utah Territory.
The bizzare and slightly freakish thing about reading this book was that I finished it and was putting it back on the shelf when I saw that our resident visiting Mormons were at the library computers And oddly enough, I felt bad because I knew I was reading something with which they would vehemently disagree.
This book was of a 2.5 star book It was well written, the narrative was clear and orderly, and the author drew from a wide range of sources I don t know the author s history, but the writing came across as condescending toward Mormon beliefs, and the story seemed one sided I would have appreciated a balanced perspective.
Want to know Mormon history This book is packed with fascinating details of American history during the expansion of the Westgold, religion, politcs has it alljust getting to the horrific climax.acre.