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Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847-1896
This volume tells of the Mormon church leaders' struggle to establish in Utah an independent, theocratic Kingdom of God.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Utah State University Press
(first published March 1998)
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Earlier this year I visited Pipe Spring National Monument in Arizona and was inspired to learn more about how the Mormons finessed the transition from theocracy to full-fledged state. A ranger recommended this book. It's a remarkable story of how they wanted to be a state but on their own terms. For decades they used all the tools in their arsenal to protect their vision of a "theo-democracy." These included restrictive land ownership and voting, stacked courts, their own army, murder and intimi ...more
The Political and Social History of the Mormon pioneers' arrival and settlement in Salt Lake City. The author particularly documents the struggle for statehood. Excellent, factual, unbiased. Utah State Government and Mormon Church archives serve as the main sources for this book. I grew up in Utah 100 years afer the settlment began. My ancestors were part of the initial settlement and one of about 50 families who chose to create the first settlement in Utah Valley (County) where I grew up. This ...more