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

289.309 B365m 2015

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

Beam, Alex

New York Public Affairs 2014

334 p. illus. 25 cm.

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On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage, Illonois. Clamorous and angry, they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise quiet lives: the founding prophet of Mormonism, Jospeh Smith. They wanted blood. At thirty-nine years old, Smith had already lived an outsized life. In addition to starting a new religion and creating his own "Golden Bible"--the Book of Mormon--he had worked as a water-dowser and treasure hunter. He'd led his people to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illonois, where he founded a city larger than fledgling Chicago. He was running for president. And, secretly, he had married more than thirty women. In this book, Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy: How his most seismic revelation==the doctrine of polygamy--created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how, ultimately, Smith could not escape the consequences of his ambition and pride.

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ISBN:

9781610393133

Author:

Beam, Alex

Title:

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

Publisher:

New York Public Affairs 2014

Physical:

334 p. illus. 25 cm.

Summary:

On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage, Illonois. Clamorous and angry, they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise quiet lives: the founding prophet of Mormonism, Jospeh Smith. They wanted blood. At thirty-nine years old, Smith had already lived an outsized life. In addition to starting a new religion and creating his own "Golden Bible"--the Book of Mormon--he had worked as a water-dowser and treasure hunter. He'd led his people to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illonois, where he founded a city larger than fledgling Chicago. He was running for president. And, secretly, he had married more than thirty women. In this book, Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy: How his most seismic revelation==the doctrine of polygamy--created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how, ultimately, Smith could not escape the consequences of his ambition and pride.

Subject:

Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844--Assassinations

Subject:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History

Subject:

Mormon Church--History

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