The Mormon presence in nineteenth-century Missouri used to be uneasy at most sensible and every now and then flared into violence fed by way of false impression and suspicion. via the top of 1838, blood was once shed, and Governor Lilburn Boggs ordered that Mormons have been to be “exterminated or pushed from the state.”
The Missouri persecutions vastly formed Mormon religion and tradition; this e-book reexamines Mormon-Missourian background in the sociocultural context of its time. The individuals to this quantity unearth the demanding situations and assumptions on each side of the clash, in addition to the cultural luggage that dictated how their activities and responses performed on each one other.
almost immediately after Joseph Smith proclaimed Jackson County the positioning of the “New Jerusalem,” Mormon settlers all started relocating to western Missouri, and by way of 1833 they made up a 3rd of the county’s inhabitants. Mormons and Missourians didn't combine good. the hot settlers have been relocated to Caldwell County, yet tensions nonetheless escalated, resulting in the three-month “Mormon conflict” in 1838—capped by means of the Haun’s Mill bloodbath, now a seminal occasion in Mormon history.
those 9 essays clarify why Missouri had an incredible position within the theology of 1830s Mormonism and used to be expected because the web site of a grand temple. The essays additionally examine interpretations of the bloodbath, the reaction of Columbia’s extra reasonable electorate to imprisoned church leaders (suggesting that the clash might have been kept away from if Smith had as a substitute selected Columbia as his new Zion), and Mormon migration during the country over the thirty years following their expulsion.
even supposing few Missourians this present day are conscious of this heritage, many Mormons stay suspicious of the nation regardless of the eventual rescinding of Governor Boggs’s order. by means of depicting the Missouri-Mormon clash because the results of a very risky combination of cultural and social motives, this ebook takes a step towards figuring out the motivations in the back of the clash and sheds new gentle at the nation of spiritual tolerance in frontier America.
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