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American West Latter-day Saint History

Who Are the Navajo Latter-day Saints?

Native Americans such as the Navajo (or Diné) have sometimes been thought of as descendants of the Book of Mormon Lamanites. This has created a complex legacy of interactions between Church members and Native Americans, including among those members who are Native Americans. This interview with Dr. Farina King discusses Diné Latter-day Saints.

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American West Latter-day Saint History

Who was Martha Hughes Cannon?

Martha Hughes Cannon was the first female state senator in the United States, and her home state of Utah was the location of the first legal vote by a woman. Cannon was mentored by Emmeline B. Wells, studied and became a doctor, fought for women’s suffrage, ran for office in the Utah senate (and won), and lived as a plural wife of a significant figure in Utah. This interview with Constance L. Lieber discusses her biography of Martha Cannon.

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American West Latter-day Saint History

Mountain Meadows Massacre: Was There a Cover Up?

There was a coverup in the aftermath of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. However, it didn’t involve Brigham Young and the institutional church. The tragic story of the massacre’s aftermath is now available in a new book published by Rick Turley and Barbara Jones Brown. In this interview, they explain the complicated responses in the decades following the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

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American West Latter-day Saint History

Why Did Belle Harris Go to Prison?

Belle Harris was one of very few women to serve time in prison and to keep a journal in 19th century Utah. Her crime was not testifying against her polygamous ex-husband during a time when the United States was attacking the Latter-day Saint principle of plural marriage introduced Joseph Smith. In this interview, Ken Adkins discusses the Prison Journal of Belle Harris.

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American West Latter-day Saint History

George Q. Cannon and His Son Frank: A Complicated Relationship

George Q. Cannon had complicated relationship with his son, Frank. At one point, George Q. wanted nothing to do with his rebellious son. At another, he viewed Frank as a key negotiator on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this interview, biographer Val Holley expounds on the complex dynamic between Frank J. Cannon and George Q. Cannon.

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American West Latter-day Saint History

Who Was John Milton Bernhisel?

John Milton Bernhisel had an outsized influence on the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a loyal friend to Joseph Smith, negotiated with the federal government on behalf of the Latter-day Saints, and had a hot-and-cold relationship with Brigham Young. In this interview, biographer Bruce W. Worthen tells the story of John Bernhisel and the Latter-day Saints.

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19th Century American West Brigham Young Latter-day Saint History

What Was Brigham Young’s Swift Pony Express?

One of many little-known facts about Brigham Young is that he established a pioneer mail system. It was called the Brigham Young Express and Carrying Company, and included a “swift pony express” that predated the legendary Pony Express by several years. In this interview, Devan Jensen explains that the company was a contributing factor to the Utah War—and that it could have transformed the American West if not stopped by the federal government.

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American West

Jim Bridger: Who Was the Mountain Man?

Jim Bridger is one of the most influential figures in the history of the American West. A new biography by Jerry Enzler sheds light on key events from Bridger’s life, including the mountain man’s interactions with Brigham Young and his role (or lack thereof) in the Donner Party’s demise. Enzler even tries to tell truth from fiction by examining the legend of Hugh Glass and the bear recounted in The Revenant.

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19th Century American West Brigham Young

What Happened at Winter Quarters?

Winter Quarters played a key role in the pioneer exodus of the Latter-day Saints. As many as one thousand pioneers died during the settlement’s temporary existence. It was also there that Brigham Young received his only canonized revelation. In this interview, Richard Bennett, president of the Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters, discusses the history and legacy of Winter Quarters.

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American West Brigham Young

What Happened Between Jim Bridger and Brigham Young?

Few men are as important to the history of the American West as Jim Bridger and Brigham Young. Jerry Enzler reveals never-before-known details about their influential relationship drawn from his biography, Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West.