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American crucifixion : the murder of Joseph Smith and the fate of the Mormon church

by Beam, Alex.

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On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage, Illinois, hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their quiet lives: the founding prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith. In addition to starting his own religion and creating the Book of Mormon, Smith had worked a... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Flight
  • Pt.1. "In Illinois we've found a safe retreat
  • " : King Joseph ; Zion, Illinois ; Everybody hates the Mormons ; Polygamy and its discontents
  • Pt. 2. "Oh! Illinois! thy soil has drank the blood / Of prophets martyr'd for the truth of God" : "The perversion of sacred things" ; "Crucify him! Crucify him!" ; Enter Pontius Pilate ; Surrender ; "The people are not that cruel" ; Joseph's homecoming ; Trial by jury
  • Pt. 3. "Let us go to the far western shore / Where the blood-thirsty 'christians' will hunt us no more" : Aftermath ; This world and the next.