By Will Bagley
The bloodbath at Mountain Meadows on September eleven, 1857, was once the one such a lot violent assault on a wagon educate within the thirty-year historical past of the Oregon and California trails. but it's been all yet forgotten. Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets is the main wide research of the occasions surrounding the homicide of a few a hundred and twenty males, girls, and kids seeing that Juanita Brooks released her groundbreaking research, The Mountain Meadows bloodbath, in 1950. Drawing from a wealth of basic resources, Bagley explains how the murders happened, finds the involvement of territorial governor Brigham younger, and explores the following suppression and distortion of occasions relating to the bloodbath.
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Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley