By Alex Beam
At thirty-nine years outdated, Smith had already lived an oversized lifestyles. as well as beginning his personal faith and developing his personal Golden Bible”the e-book of Mormonhe had labored as a water-dowser and treasure hunter. He’d led his humans to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illinois, the place he based a urban greater than fledgling Chicago. He used to be working for president. And, secretly, he had married greater than thirty women.
In American Crucifixion, Alex Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic chief to public enemy: How his so much seismic revelationthe doctrine of polygamycreated a rift between his humans; how that schism grew to become to violence; and the way, finally, Smith couldn't get away the results of his ambition and pride.
Mormonism is America’s biggest and so much enduring local faith, and the martyrdom” of Joseph Smith is considered one of its transformational occasions. Smith’s brutal assassination propelled the Mormons to colonize the yankee West and declare their position within the mainstream of yankee heritage. American Crucifixion is a gripping tale of scandal and violence, with deep roots in our nationwide identity.
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I. Title. 3092—dc23 [B] 2014004063 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To my mother, beyond the veil If you can imagine yourselves how the apostles and saints felt when the Savior was crucified, you can give something of a guess of how the Saints felt here when they [heard] that their Prophet and Patriarch were both Dead and murdered by a lawless mob. Never has there been such a horrible crime committed since the day Christ was Crucified . . —SALLY RANDALL, writing to Mormon friends from Nauvoo, Illinois, July 1, 1844 CONTENTS Cast of Characters Place Names Introduction 1.
A bystander explained the new doctrine to her. ” Haven remarked. ” Benjamin Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the deceased explorer Zebulon Pike also found new life in the turbid waters lapping up on Nauvoo. ) Around the time that the mass baptisms were ramping up, Joseph embraced Freemasonry, with a passion. There are plenty of reasons he would have opposed Masonry. Upstate New York, where he lived until age twenty-four, was a hotbed of anti-Masonry. The European fraternal order, which had established a beachhead in the New World during the eighteenth century, was widely denounced as a shadowy, atheistic cabal aimed at creating a secret world government.
Crucify Him! ” 8. Enter Pontius Pilate 9. Surrender 10. “The People Are Not That Cruel” 11. Joseph’s Homecoming 12. ” 13. Aftermath 14. ” ISAAC GALLAND: scalawag who sold government lands he didn’t own to the Mormons JAMES GORDON BENNETT: pro-Mormon editor of the New York Herald JOHN C. , the Mormons; initially Far West, Missouri, then Nauvoo, and ultimately Salt Lake City, Utah Hancock County, Illinois, 1844. INTRODUCTION JOSEPH SMITH THOUGHT HE WAS GIVING AMERICA TWO GREAT gifts. First, he created a new Bible, the Book of Mormon, which recounted Jesus’s appearance on the North American continent.
American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church by Alex Beam