The Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 and the Trials of John D. Lee: An Account

10 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2007  

Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Called the darkest deed of the nineteenth century, the brutal 1857 murder of 120 men, women, and children at a place in southern Utah called Mountain Meadows remains one of the most controversial events in the history of the American West. Although only one man, John D. Lee, ever faced prosecution (for what probably stands as one of the four largest mass killings of civilians in United States history), many other Mormons ordered, planned, or participated in the massacre of wagon loads of Arkansas emigrants as they headed through southwestern Utah on their way to California. Special controversy surrounds the role in the 1857 events of one man, Brigham Young, the fiery prophet of the Church of Latter-day Saints who led his embattled people to the promised land in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. What exactly Brigham Young knew, and when he knew it, are questions that historians still debate.

Keywords: Famous Trials, Trial, Mountain Meadow, Utah, John D. Lee, Mormons, Brigham Young, Latter-day Saints, LDS, Salt Lake

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Linder, Douglas, The Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 and the Trials of John D. Lee: An Account (2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1022998 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1022998

Douglas Linder (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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