By Richard Edmond Bennett
The Mormon trek westward from Illinois to the Salt Lake Valley was once a permanent accomplishment of yank overland path migration; even though, their wintering on the Missouri River close to present-day Omaha used to be a feat of religion and perseverance. Richard E. Bennett provides new proof and ideas that problem outdated assumptions-particularly that lifestyles at the frontier inspired American individualism.
With an outstanding command of fundamental resources, Bennett assesses the position of girls in a pioneer society and the Mormon suggestions for survival in a harsh atmosphere as they deliberate their emigration, coped with inner dissension and Indian brokers, and handled tribes of the zone. This was once, says Bennett, ''Mormonism within the uncooked as a way to what it might be later.'' Now on hand in paperback for the 1st time, with a brand new advent via the writer, Mormons on the Missouri obtained the Francis M. and Emily Chipman Award from the Mormon heritage organization and was once venerated as a selection remarkable educational name by means of the yank Library organization.
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60 Just how much Brannan's informants really knew and what measure of credence Mormon leaders put in his warnings may never be known. "61 Accelerating matters even further were more immediate threats of arrest and assassination. ~'Most writs were for the arrest of Young and other of Joseph Smith's accomplices in connection with the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor newspaper just prior to the murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. At a secret meeting held in the attic of the temple on 10 January, members of the Council of Fifty, an advisory body Smith established to give counsel on political and civic affairs, discussed THE MORMONS BEGIN LEAVING NAUVOO Brigham Young when he was about forty-eight years of age.
Orson Hyde believed that many of the sick and infirm would be better served by water transport than overland travel. "25 Near the end of March, Hyde, anxious for clarification, asked Young, "Tell me where the first settlement will be made, if you can, and at what place property and people shall land on the Missouri R i ~ e r . "Clearly, ~ then, while at Sugar Creek, authorities had chosen neither a Missouri River crossing point nor the precise overland route to get there. Finally, in addition to the weather, logistical difficulties, and sketchy travel plans, disorganization left much of the carefully orchestrated plan of departure from Nauvoo in tatters.
At the time of its completion in May 1846 (although many of the interior rooms were never completely finished), it was the largest structure north of St. Louis and west of Chicago. Tragically, they were now about to leave it. "2gThough this work took precious time, they would not be denied what they had prepared for and anticipated so long. Consequently, temple work began in Nauvoo on 10 December 1845 and continued night and day until late January. Many worked in the temple in one capacity or another from early in the morning until past ten at night, since it was intended that "every worthy man" and woman should receive his or her endowment.