New history book prompts Mormon debate


Controversy centers on Brigham Young’s role in 1857 massacre
AP, Oct. 12, 2002

SALT LAKE CITY – A month after hitting bookstores, debate over a book that blames early Mormon leader Brigham Young for ordering the Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows. The University of Oklahoma Press sold out its initial 7,000-book printing and expects to also run out of the next 4,000 in the works, said Caroline Dwyer, assist marketing manager.

It has been almost a century and a half since the group of California-bound pioneers was ambushed and killed by Mormon settlers and their Indian allies. In his new book, author Will Bagley writes that circumstantial evidence suggests that Young ordered the killings.

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