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"Junius and Joseph examines Joseph Smith's nearly forgotten [1844] presidential bid, the events leading up to his assassination on June 27, 1844, and the tangled aftermath of the tragic incident. It... establishes that Joseph Smith's murder, rather than being the deadly outcome of a spontaneous mob uprising, was in fact a carefully planned military-style execution. It is now possible to identify many of the key individuals engaged in planning his assassination as well as those who took part in the assault on Carthage jail. And furthermore, this study presents incontrovertible evidence that the effort to remove the Mormon leader from power and influence extended well beyond Hancock County [Illinois] (and included prominent Whig politicians as well as the Democratic governor of the state), thereby transforming his death from an impulsive act by local vigilantes into a political assassination sanctioned by some of the most powerful men in Illinois. The circumstances surrounding Joseph Smith's death also serve to highlight the often unrecognized truth that a full understanding of early Mormon history can be gained only when considered in the context of events taking place in American society as a whole."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Assassination of a Candidate
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. New World Eden: The Promise of America in Late Jacksonian Politics
  2. pp. 9-28
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  1. 2. "Clear the Way for Henry Clay"
  2. pp. 29-35
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  1. 3. "To Save the District for the Whigs"
  2. pp. 36-47
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  1. 4. "Nauvoo is no place for rational people"
  2. pp. 48-61
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  1. 5. The Third Party
  2. pp. 62-69
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  1. 6. "Missourians seem determined not to let us alone"
  2. pp. 70-80
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  1. 7. The Candidate
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. 8. Thy Kingdom Come . . . in Texas
  2. pp. 93-110
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  1. 9. Two Conventions
  2. pp. 111-122
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  1. 10. What Will Be the End of Things?
  2. pp. 123-131
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  1. 11. Retributive Justice
  2. pp. 132-144
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  1. 12. Gentlemen of Undoubted Veracity
  2. pp. 145-156
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  1. 13. Carthage
  2. pp. 157-180
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  1. 14. Distance Lent Enchantment to the View
  2. pp. 181-194
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  1. 15. The Kingdom Delayed
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. 16. "Bound by common guilt and danger to commit almost any act to save them from infamy"
  2. pp. 201-215
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  1. 17. Wolf Hunts
  2. pp. 216-222
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  1. 18. The Campaign Continues
  2. pp. 223-234
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  1. 19. "To avenge the blood that stains the walls of Carthage jail"
  2. pp. 235-249
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  1. 20. How Wide the Conspiracy?
  2. pp. 250-271
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  1. Epilogue: Two Endings
  2. pp. 272-284
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  1. Biographical Profiles
  2. pp. 285-292
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. 293
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  1. Selected References
  2. pp. 294-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-316
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874215267
Related ISBN
9780874216080
MARC Record
OCLC
62425165
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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