Passengers, Seaports, Captains
Baxter Log, Ship Brooklyn, 1849
Arrive San Francisco
From Raya Koren, Peter Jones, Annapolis, MD:
My husband's relative sailed on the Brooklyn's January 12, 1849 voyage to San Francisco. We have a copy of a journal that was maintained by a group of men who established themselves as the The Baxter Association and this journal includes their constitution, by-laws and daily encounters aboard the Brooklyn. The group included David B. Castree, Asa Hull, John M. Beck, Wm. M. Borcher, Samuel Adams (husband's relative), Wm. H. White, Robert Farren and Thomas Dale.
There are three additional entries in this journal: a summary of the trip written for Miss Sarah Theodora Adams by Asa Hull; notes of Mrs. Samuel Adams, nee Alice White describing their journey back to New York (departing San Francisco in March 1865); and notes by S. J. Adams describing their trip back East via Salt Lake City and a meeting with Brigham Young (departing San Francisco in October 1868).
Our copy of the journal was reproduced from the original and typed with a typewriter by a family member. We have no idea where the original is today.
Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector: A Scottish Immigrant in the American West, 1848-1861
Aird tells of Peter McAuslan, a Scotsman who converted to Mormonisn in his native Scotland in the mid-1840s. Because of Scotland's uncertain future, with his family, he emigrated across the Atlantic and across America to join their brethren in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. But to McAuslan and others like him, the Promised Land of Salt Lake City turned out to be quite different from what was promised. He was instead faced with locusts and violent leaders.
The City of the Saints:
Among the Mormons and Across the Rocky Mountains to California
Richard F. Burton
World traveller and writer Sir Richard Francis Burton was perhaps the most colorful British explorer of the 19th century. Burton is better known for his translation of 1001 Arabian Nights and his discovery of the source of the Nile River. However, In 1860 he left England and his fiance to explore the American West and visit the Mormons. His writing is lively, detailed, and highly entertaining,
Essential Narratives of the Mountain Meadows Massacre
(Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier)
David L. Bigler
The slaughter of a wagon train of some 120 people in southern Utah on September 11, 1857, has long been the subject of controversy and debate. Innocent Blood gathers key primary sources describing the tangled story of the Mountain Meadows massacre. This wide array of contrasting perspectives, many never before published, provide a powerful and intimate picture of this dastardly outrage and its cover-up. The documents David L. Bigler and Will Bagley have collected offer a clearer understanding of the victims, the perpetrators, and the reasons a frontier American theocracy sought to justify or conceal the participants guilt. These narratives make clear that, despite limited Southern Paiute involvement, white men planned the killing and their church s highest leaders encouraged Mormon settlers to undertake the deed.
The Star Chamber - Volumes 1 & 2
William Harrison Ainsworth
The Book of Mormon
Regarded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as holy scripture detailing God’s revelation to Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon is a significant and widely read religious document. Including discussions on a variety of Judeo-Christian doctrines, The Book of Mormon is a fascinating read for religious scholars and denominational adherents.
The Story of the Mormons from origin to the year 1901
William Alexander Linn
The Mormon People:
The Making of an American Faith
Mormonism started as a radical movement, with a profoundly transformative vision of American society that was rooted in a form of Christian socialism. Over the ensuing centuries, Bowman demonstrates, that vision has evolved—and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking paragons of family values, Mormons have also been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots clad in “magic underwear.” Even today, the place of Mormonism in public life continues to generate heated debate on both sides of the political divide.
The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women
Paula Kelly Harline
The author has been teaching college writing for over 20 years for the University of Idaho, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University. She has also worked as a freelance writer and artist. She currently lives with her husband, Craig, in Provo, Utah. Harline shows that Mormon women have wrestled with the unique demands of their faith with a range of motivations and feelings: grace and conflict, acquiescence and resistance, vocal criticism and quiet acceptance, pride and dejection, confidence and frustration. Even today, Mormons have been heard mocking the idea of one wife; it was unclear as to whether they were speaking in jest.
An Ancient American Book
John L. Sorenson
The author proposes that the Book of Mormon exhibits what one would expect of a historical document produced in the context of ancient Mesoamerican civilization. He also shows that scholars discoveries about Mesoamerica and the contents of the Nephite record are clearly related. Sorenson lists more than 400 points where the Book of Mormon text corresponds to characteristic Mesoamerican situations, statements, allusions, and history. The only format in which a record such as the Book of Mormon could have been preserved is that of a native Mesoamerican book, referred to by scholars as a codex. According to the record itself, the text was compiled by a man named Mormon, who lived in the Mesoamerican isthmus area in the late fourth century.
The Mormon Wars
Early Persecutions, Hawn's Mill, Nauvoo War, Johnston's Army, War on Polygamy
History of the Saints
The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints is replete with tales of sacrifice and suffering, tragedy and triumph. Now those interested in the Mormon church can gain a deeper understanding of trials faced by early Saints. Mormon Wars presents historical accounts of pioneer perseverance. From violent mob persecutions to armed troops in the Utah territory to the war against polygamy, understanding the events that refined the early Saints and continuing modern-day battles.