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The Assassinations of Joseph Smith Jr. and Hyrum Smith


June 27th marks the anniversary of the 1844 assassinations of Joseph Smith Jr., the Mormon founding prophet, and his brother Hyrum Smith at the Carthage Jail in Hancock County, Illinois. It is usually a day of remembrance for those claiming … Continue reading

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Mormon Militancy and the Conflict in 1840s Nauvoo?


The non-Mormons of Hancock County, Illinois, in the early 1840s probably disliked the Mormons from the first, in the same way that most Americans have generally disliked what they have viewed as religious fanaticism, but they were initially disposed toward toleration … Continue reading

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Mormon Nauvoo in the Context of Post-Colonial Studies


To an extent underappreciated by historians, the Mormon experience in Nauvoo between 1839 and 1846 represents an expression of colonialism and its antithesis. The field of post-colonial studies has been gaining prominence since the 1970s. While historians and others debate the … Continue reading

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Nauvoo and the Myth of Mormonism’s Persecuted Innocence


No aspect of the early Mormon experience  has been less critically explored than the bristling and sometimes violent relations of the Mormons to those living nearby. At virtually every turn in the 1830s and 1840s the Latter-day Saints under the … Continue reading

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The Arrests of Joseph and Hyrum Smith


Since I published my account of the assassinations of Joseph and Hyrum Smith on the anniversary date, June 27, 1844, located here, and my account of the Nauvoo Expositor affair that prompted the incarceration of Joseph Smith, the founding prophet … Continue reading

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