Brigham Young: American Moses

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Brigham Young comes to life in this superlative biography that presents him as a Mormon leader, a business genius, a family man, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on a vast range of sources, including documents, personal diaries, and private correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings Young to life as a towering yet fully human figure, the remarkable captain of his people and his church for thirty years, who combined piety and the pursuit of power to leave an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the culture of the Western frontier. From polygamy to the Mountain Meadows Massacre to the attempted preservation of Young's Great Basin Kingdom, we are given a fresh understanding of the controversies that plagued Young in his contentious relations with the federal government. Brigham Young draws its subject out of the marginal place in history to which the conventional wisdom has assigned him, and sets him squarely in the American mainstream, a figure of abiding influence in our society to this day.
 

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Contents

Boyhood in Vermont and New York
7
Ardent Disciple 18321834
31
Apostle
47
The Missouri Interlude
62
The British Mission
79
Nauvoo
98
City of Joseph
113
The Pioneer Trek to the Great Basin
130
Friendship and Caution
10
Governor of Utah 223
23
The Invasion of Utah 250
50
Zion Grows 272
72
Governor and Counselor 302
102
Public Image and Private Reality 322
14
Protecting the Kingdom 342
42
Responding to the Challenges of the 1870s 363
63

To Zion 1848
153
The Colonizer President
167
President of the Church
200
The Last Year 382
82
The Legacy of Brigham Young
12
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About the author (2012)

Leonard J. Arrington wrote several books on Mormon history and the American West, including Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900 (1958) and, co-authored with Davis Bitton, The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints (1979). A regular contributor to many scholarly journals, he received a number of awards. Professor Arrington taught at North Carolina State, UCLA, Utah State University, and as the Lemuel Redd Professor of Western History at Brigham Young University. He served as Director of the History Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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