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The Mountain Meadows Massacre by Juanita Brooks
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Jul 13, 08

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I read this as research for a paper I wrote on Rene Girard's theory of ritual violence. This book is less the story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre--ending as it does, with the execution of John D Lee two decades later, it is more *his* story.

Lee's story, told by Brooks, fits the Girardian scapegoat very well:
- violence and trouble between the Mormons and the Federal government continued to escalate, and there was no clear resolution of the MMM.
- he was a princely figure, with impeccable credentials going back to Joseph Smith's time.
- he was executed through the shedding of blood on the location of the massacre.
- no one else was executed, in spite of the involvement of dozens of LDS men in the massacre.

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