The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre Review

In the Fall of 1857, some 120 California-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 named.

With 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.

Title:The Mountain Meadows Massacre
Edition Language:English

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  • Darwin8u

    "I owe it to myself and to my readers to tell all the truth, for truth suppressed is its own kind of a lie.”-- Juanita Brooks in a letter to Justice Jesse Udall, 1961"It seems to be a clear case of ...

  • Steve

    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 thou...

  • Ty

    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 readers...

  • Afton

    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 much more aware of the conditions within the Mormo...

  • Linda

    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 h...

  • MJ

    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 he...

  • Katherine Addison

    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) f...

  • Sue

    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...

  • Randy Robbins

    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 th...

  • Derek Baker

    I read this because, after reading Blood of the Prophets I had an admiration for Junita Broooks' research on the subject and persistence at seeking. Her work has probably been a foundational source fo...