Blood of the Prophets

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Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows
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Author Will Bagley
Country United States
Language English
Subject Mountain Meadows massacre
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date
September 2002[1]
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 544
ISBN 0-8061-3426-7

Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (2002) by Will Bagley is an award-winning history of the Mountain Meadows massacre. The work updated Juanita Brooks' seminal history The Mountain Meadows Massacre, and remains one of the definitive works on the topic.[2]

Awards and Praise[edit]

  • Spur Award, Western Writers of America[3]
  • Caughey Book Prize, Western History Association [4]
  • Caroline Bancroft History Prize, Denver Public Library [5]
  • Co-Founders Best Book Award, Westerners International.[6]
  • 2003 Best Book Award, John Whitmer Historical Association [7]

Brigham D. Madsen, a fellow Utah historian, wrote: “While the word ‘definitive’ is often overused, this account of the killings merits that distinction. Bagley’s book ranks as a Mormon historical classic.”, Western Historical Quarterly.[6]

The New York Review of Books praised the work as “an exhaustive, meticulously documented, highly readable history that captures the events and atmosphere that gave rise to the massacre, as well as its long, tortuous aftermath. Bagley has taken great care in negotiating the minefield presented by what remains of the historical record.”[8]

Criticism[edit]

The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies at Brigham Young University criticized Bagley's conclusion that Brigham Young ordered the massacre.[9] For example, FARMS points to Bagley's misuse of a quote, written by Dimick B. Huntington, in which the Piedes Indians told Brigham Young they were "afraid to fight the Americans & so would raise grain" during the Utah War.[10] Bagley replaced the word "grain" with "allies", so as to read "afraid to fight the Americans & so would raise allies", and published this revision in Blood of the Prophets.[10] It has also been pointed out that some of Bagley's more controversial conclusions can only be reached by using a flawed timeline of events.[9]

Some historians feel that, since Will Bagley was hired by California businessman Frank James Singer to "rewrite the story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre," this may have influenced his interpretation of the facts, a charge Bagley denies.[10][11]

Editions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Hardcover)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  2. ^ Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (Doubleday, 2003), p.214, footnote.
  3. ^ "2008". Award-Winning Books. University of Oklahoma Press. Retrieved 2009-05-12. [dead link]
  4. ^ "WHA Award Winners". Western History Association. University of Missouri–St. Louis. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Caroline Bancroft History Prize". Western History and Genealogy. Denver Public Library. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  6. ^ a b "Blood of the Prophets". Book Details. University of Oklahoma Press. Retrieved 2009-05-12. [dead link]
  7. ^ "2003 Best Book Award". Awards. John Whitmer Historical Association. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  8. ^ Fraser, Caroline (November 21, 2002). "The Mormon Murder Case". The New York Review of Books 49 (18). Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  9. ^ a b Crockett, Robert D. (2003). "A Trial Lawyer Reviews Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets". FARMS Review 15 (2): 199–254. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  10. ^ a b c Coates, Lawrence (2003). "Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Book Review)". BYU Studies 42 (1): 153–158. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  11. ^ http://www.mormonapologetics.org/topic/27915-who-is-frank-james-singer/