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I borrowed this book from my mother I knew almost nothing of this whole thing and was curious As far as the author Juanita Brooks is concerned she did an incredible job of researching and writing this history How she managed to acquire all the information, diary quotes etc etc is beyond me The story is both compelling and at the same time uncomfortable, horrifying and heart wrenchingly sad in the course of reading the book we actually visited the Mountain Meadows location while down visit I borrowed this book from my mother I knew almost nothing of this whole thing and was curious As far as the author Juanita Brooks is concerned she did an incredible job of researching and writing this history How she managed to acquire all the information, diary quotes etc etc is beyond me The story is both compelling and at the same time uncomfortable, horrifying and heart wrenchingly sad in the course of reading the book we actually visited the Mountain Meadows location while down visiting friends who live in Cedar City We took pictures of us holding the book at the site, so now my mother s copy of The Mountain Meadows Massacre has actually been to the location of the Mountain Meadows Massacre I m a little biased, because the author is my wife s great grandma My 5 star review is partly a reflection of the quality of the read it s well written, exhaustively sourced, and fairly succinct However, the books really earns its plaudits because of the author s courage She went up against strong opposition throughout the writing and publication process the truth is inconvenient but she undauntedly laid the facts out Mad respect, Juanita Juanita Brooks was a wonderfully brave woman to have composed this book at a time when the massacre was commonly thought of as either having never happened, or simply an Indian Massacre The readership of this book owes a great deal to Brooks great contribution to historical scholarship Few historians have attempted to dissect the Mountain Meadows Massacre without coming away with polemic bias or ignorance By all counts, Juanita rose above the cynicism in producing such a great work. This was my first in depth study of the Mountain Meadows massacre I knew very little about the incident previous to reading this book and now I feel muchaware of the conditions within the Mormon Church as well as in the state of Utah, etc., leading up to the massacre I think Juanita Brooks did a great job describing the local atmosphere and attitudes previous to, during, and after the massacre, and she cited available sources whenever possible She showed how the tension and fear in Sout This was my first in depth study of the Mountain Meadows massacre I knew very little about the incident previous to reading this book and now I feel muchaware of the conditions within the Mormon Church as well as in the state of Utah, etc., leading up to the massacre I think Juanita Brooks did a great job describing the local atmosphere and attitudes previous to, during, and after the massacre, and she cited available sources whenever possible She showed how the tension and fear in Southern Utah was fueled by the sermons of George A Smith, how the Saints were striving to have peaceful relations with the Indians while securing their support and manpower for the upcoming Utah war, and how most of Brigham Young s attention was riveted on the approaching U.S Army sent to suppress the Mormons.I was amazed to learn about how many people were truly involved in the incident, how the blame could be traced up the ladder of church hierarchy, and how horribly John D Lee was treated in being forced to take the sole blame for the massacre betrayed by his other cohorts in crime to save face and to save the image of the church.The whole incident was horrible and devastating, and the controversy surrounding it is ongoing and intriguing I thought Juanita Brooks said it so well when she described the church s refusal to acknowledge the truth of the situation in the light of new evidence and obvious historical discrepancies with their official record The following statement is profound in this instance, and I think also accurately describes the methods of the church in many of its other controversies pg 217 It seems that, once having taken a stand and put forth a story, the leaders of the Mormon church have felt that they should maintain it, regardless of all the evidence to the contrary In their concern to let the matter die, they do not see that it can never be finally settled until it is accepted as any other historical incident, with a view only to finding the facts To shrink from it, to discredit any who try to inquire into it, to refuse to discuss it, or to hesitate to accept all the evidence fearlessly is not only to keep it a matter of controversy, but to make the most loyal followers doubt the veracity of their leaders in presenting other matters of history This is especially true in dealing with college students and people trained in research I agree wholeheartedly with the above statement in regards to probably every controversial issue within the church I think the church needs to acknowledge the facts about its history and then start with a clean slate and a clear conscience Then its members could do so as well Not at all impressed with the mentality of this book The author informs the readers she is and always has been LDS Latter Day Saint , which means the church allowed her to publish this and accept her in doing so The fact remains she did not bring any blood to the surface and resolve any fantastic crime she compiled facts that were already published and like the artist she is, created her own picture John D Lee was by no means an unwavering paperboy and scout, waiting at the corner to hel Not at all impressed with the mentality of this book The author informs the readers she is and always has been LDS Latter Day Saint , which means the church allowed her to publish this and accept her in doing so The fact remains she did not bring any blood to the surface and resolve any fantastic crime she compiled facts that were already published and like the artist she is, created her own picture John D Lee was by no means an unwavering paperboy and scout, waiting at the corner to help old women across the street But he was orphaned very young, given to his mother s sister and drunken husband to be beaten and raised There was no room for love, which every person needs.After stopping to help some freezing Mormon missionaries at the side of the road, he wound up converting Keep that picture in mind He served in protecting, worked from a young age, got married, and converted to the church under Brigham Young Nothing happens without his consent, especially from his adopted son, wanting nothingthan to be loved John D Lee had a huge estate in the east, picking it up to follow his newly found father, Brigham Young, who trusted him enough to give him several official positions in the church The ONLY people to get positions are faithful followers He leaves his home to struggle out here without any possessions, to speak of, and then takes it upon himself to kill a bunch of people, without his adoptive father consenting To what end Why would he travel all the way out to Utah to throw everything he d been taught to the wind John D Lee is in no way innocent however, he is a scapegoat for the brutal killing of these people committed by the Mormons Plus, they used the Paiutes to take the blame by dressing as them to attack If the public hadn t been sold on just killing one man, John D Lee, in connection with this atrocity, where would the church be today Anyone who believes this boldly cockamamie story to be true, without embellishment of a Mormon s mind, needs a bath in ice cubes and a reality check The most ridiculous thing I ve ever read, and I read an awful lot with an open mind I m doing a report on John D Lee and was in search of incriminating evidence This book did not supply it at all I only see ruthless Americans pretending to be Christians and using one faithful man s life to escape punishment I dated a Jack Mormon one who has left the church for awhile and the only time it came up was when he met me and when he said he had done a mission just out of high school On my birthday one year he took me out and let me get stinking drunk, so drunk that I passed out and woke up in his bed the next morning with him and his roommate both watching me strangely Apparently I had gone crazy and got up, screaming and ran to the closet where I continued screaming don t hurt my daughter Don t hur I dated a Jack Mormon one who has left the church for awhile and the only time it came up was when he met me and when he said he had done a mission just out of high school On my birthday one year he took me out and let me get stinking drunk, so drunk that I passed out and woke up in his bed the next morning with him and his roommate both watching me strangely Apparently I had gone crazy and got up, screaming and ran to the closet where I continued screaming don t hurt my daughter Don t hurt my daughter I wouldn t let them touch me for quite awhile but they finally got me back to bed What I remember is dreaming that I was a pioneer in a wagon train when Indians attacked and started killing us All of a sudden I realized that there were white men with them, killing also and I recognized that these whites were Mormons.Ok, so Freud would say I was afraid of Mormons and that my boyfriend was killing me somehow I wasthan a little embarrassed by my behavior but didn t dwell on it or the dream Just went back to regular.Several years later I heard about the Mountain Meadows Massacre not the details, just that a wagon train heading through southern Utah in 1857 was attacked and destroyed by Indians AND MORMONS.I believe with neuroscience that what we have is what we ve got and only what we ve got no pseudoscience involved I ve never channeled anyone from ancient times and I don t go around saying that I was Marie Antoinette in my last life But this was disturbing I ve never tried to reconcile it, just left it alone.But it did lead me to reading about the massacre This book is the best of the lot Although it was written in 1950, when the book was reprinted in 1962 the author added some small items that she had uncovered in the meantime Nothing changed the basic story however.When Utah became a territory, US government officials were sent Because of their background persecution and being murdered by regular US citizens before relocating in Utah , the officials in Utah gave them a hard time Usually their actions were done simply to annoy the officials, but the officials did not see them that way and as each one resigned and moved back East, he reported that the Mormons were rebelling against the US government So the President called out the troops to put down the rebellion.Imagine hearing this in Utah, especially since a great number of the current residents had witnessed the murder of Joseph Smith, their founder, and the forced, violent, relocations until Utah Added to that, Brigham Young ordered resident to stockpile food and prepare their weapons, join into militia groups and be ready to attack They were also ordered NOT to sell any supplies to the wagon trains traveling through to California These people were on tenterhooks.Than add the wagon train that came through at this moment and discovered they couldn t buy supplies Some of them a few hangers on, not the main group made extremely violent anti Mormon remarks and one even claimed to have the pistol that shot Joseph Smith right there with him Recipe for disaster and disaster happened Apparently the Indians were supposed to handle the whole thing but after the first attacks demanded the whites join in And they did.It s been a hush hush episode in the Church history and was only acknowledged years later The Mormon Church finally took responsibility for the massacre and gave money to help set up a memorial for those who died It s actually a beautiful spot in Utah and must have been evenbeautiful when it was green and grassy at that time.So what really happened No one can ever know for sure Those who participated or were on the fringes were happy to pawn off their responsibility and so personal accounts are not always accurate Brooks has done extensive study on the event she is a Mormon herself and slams the Church with complete responsibility Her research is impeccable and she never makes a judgment without backing it up.This is both a great read and an excellent study in how historical research should be done Anyone who is interested in the history of the West, the growth of the Mormon Church or the Massacre itself should take the time to read this It s informative and the style is not at all scholarly It reads fast Juanita Brooks was a very brave person.Writing less than a hundred years after the massacre and as she states clearly being a devout and loyal Mormon, she had the courage to a ask questions, b find answers, and c publish what she found, despite the fact that her findings were not favorable to the Mormon Church or many of its important early members, including Brigham Young The book is fascinating as, in and of itself, a historical artifact and as a work of historiography, talking about Juanita Brooks was a very brave person.Writing less than a hundred years after the massacre and as she states clearly being a devout and loyal Mormon, she had the courage to a ask questions, b find answers, and c publish what she found, despite the fact that her findings were not favorable to the Mormon Church or many of its important early members, including Brigham Young The book is fascinating as, in and of itself, a historical artifact and as a work of historiography, talking about how history is made.It is not a perfect book I don t find Brooks a particularly compelling writer, stylistically, and she has the problem endemic to historians of her generation, of assuming that the motivations of Native Americans are irrecoverable and incomprehensible and, yes, she does at one point compare the Paiutes to children And hers is a first pass at the historiographical archaeology of the massacre at Mountain Meadows historians coming after her, who had her work to build on, were able to dig deeper and extractdelicate shades of nuance But she proves that the Mountain Meadows Massacre was the brainchild of the Mormons and that Mormon men participated, and held positions of leadership, in the massacre and she proves that John D Lee got thrown under the bus by his religious brethren He was certainly guilty, but if he was guilty, so were a host of other men, all of whom walked away scot free while Lee was executed The massacre exhibits one of the lows that human nature can sink to the aftermath demonstrates another Juanita Brooks, an active member of the Mormon religion, delved deeply into the Mormon historical archives to write about the Mountain Meadow Massacre of Sept 1857 The Mormons had been chased out of many eastern areas due to their unique religious views, finally reaching Utah Territory with hopes of being left alone News of possible U.S Army interference reached the Mormons and they began to organize their own army for protection In doing so, they also believed that they had to protect them Juanita Brooks, an active member of the Mormon religion, delved deeply into the Mormon historical archives to write about the Mountain Meadow Massacre of Sept 1857 The Mormons had been chased out of many eastern areas due to their unique religious views, finally reaching Utah Territory with hopes of being left alone News of possible U.S Army interference reached the Mormons and they began to organize their own army for protection In doing so, they also believed that they had to protect themselves from the migration of outsiders who were making their way westward by wagon train That Sept in 1857, they attacked the Baker Rancher wagon train killing all but 17 The Mormons militia killed the men while cooperating Paiute Indians killed the women and children except for 17 small children believed to be too young to remember the details The attack began on September 7 and continued till September 11 resulting in the deaths of approximately 120 men, women and children The wagon train, comprised of families from Arkansas, was bound for California at a time that is known as the Utah War The massacre was not investigated till after the end of the Civil War and resulted in 9 indictments but only one made it to a court of law, eventually resulting in the execution by firing squad of John D Lee, believed to be the one chosen to take the blame for all the militia and the governing body of the Mormons including Brigham Young Brooks brings into the history a deep research from the Mormon archives as well as accounts from some who were present Interesting read, although a bit dry and full of huge footnotes that I felt distracted from the flow of the chapters or maybe I m just not cut out to read historical non fiction A couple quick thoughts 1 kudos to Brooks for having the courage to write this at a time when all the details were essentially filed away and locked up, and 2 the wild, wild west was a crazy time and basically uncivilized by today s standards This event took place in that setting, yet I m trying to understand it t Interesting read, although a bit dry and full of huge footnotes that I felt distracted from the flow of the chapters or maybe I m just not cut out to read historical non fiction A couple quick thoughts 1 kudos to Brooks for having the courage to write this at a time when all the details were essentially filed away and locked up, and 2 the wild, wild west was a crazy time and basically uncivilized by today s standards This event took place in that setting, yet I m trying to understand it through the lens of my current world view, which makes it really hard to understand how these otherwise upstanding people could have done something so awful I find that contradiction compelling and confounding.In any case, I look forward to visiting the monument next time I m in southern Utah `Download ↳ The Mountain Meadows Massacre ↠ In the Fall of , someCalifornia bound emigrants were killed in lonely Mountain Meadows in southern Utah only eighteen young children were spared The men on the ground after the bloody deed took an oath that they would never mention the event again, either in public or in private The leaders of the Mormon church also counseled silence The first report, soon after the massacre, described it as an Indian onslaught at which a few white men were present, only one of whom, John D Lee, was actually namedWith admirable scholarship, Mrs Brooks has traced the background of conflict, analyzed the emotional climate at the time, pointed up the social and military organization in Utah, and revealed the forces which culminated in the great tragedy at Mountain Meadows The result is a near classic treatment which neither smears nor clears the participants as individuals It portrays an atmosphere of war hysteria, whipped up by recitals of past persecutions and the vision of an approaching army coming to drive the Mormons from their homes