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American Crucifixion free read Ð 6 í On June 27 1844 a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage Illinois Clamorous and angry they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise uiet lives the founding prophet of Mormonism Joseph Smith They wanted bloodAt thirty nine years old Smith had already lived an ouWser and treasure hunter He'd led his people to Ohio then Missouri then Illinois where he founded a city larger than fledgling Chicago He was running for president And secretly he had married than thirty womenIn American Crucifixion Alex Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy How his most seismic revelation the doctrine of polygamy created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how ultimately S. Thank you to Perseus Books Group and Netgalley for the ARCWhat other books on Mormon history written from outside the fold anyway pass over in a few terse paragraphs Alex Beam expands In this delightfully well researched well documented and well written account both the lead up and the fallout to the events at the Carthage jail are brought to fore I especially enjoyed reading about all of the haranguing and bitter diatribes exchanged via the independent press in and around Nauvoo Beam's tone throughout the narrative is pitch perfect and the book is extremely readable Although he assumes a certain amount of historical knowledge from his readers basics of Mormon faith and practice are explained well enough that even a newcomer to the story will have no problem If you're interested in suggestions on books regarding issues of the faith feel free to let me know I'd be happy to make suggestionsFull disclosure I'm not a Mormon but for a variety of reasons I have studied the sect indepth from an Evangelical perspective and I've read many books about Mormon history theology and culture written by both Mormons and Gentiles Beam's book proved an excellent addition

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Mith could not escape the conseuences of his ambition and prideMormonism is America's largest and most enduring native religion and the “martyrdom” of Joseph Smith is one of its transformational events Smith's brutal assassination propelled the Mormons to colonize the American West and claim their place in the mainstream of American history American Crucifixion is a gripping story of scandal and violence with deep roots in our national identi. Having never read or heard anything about Joe Smith outside the realm of Mormonism this account of his life and the early days of Mormons was pretty intense and wild compared to the reverence and subtlety I was taught about him when I was a kid I wonder how much of the book I can trust as a reliable source Even though most of the stories are first hand accounts I'm sure they were a bit skewed by the fact that most of the people they got information from hated the latter day saints so they probably embellished and inflated their stories out of disdain Otherwise it was an interesting history to read about

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American CrucifixionOn June 27 1844 a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage Illinois Clamorous and angry they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise uiet lives the founding prophet of Mormonism Joseph Smith They wanted bloodAt thirty nine years old Smith had already lived an outsized life In addition to starting his own religion and creating his own “Golden Bible” the Book of Mormon he had worked as a water do. The murder of Joseph Smith and how the Mormon Church reacted to the event has much to tell us about America at this critical time