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Brigham younger involves lifestyles during this superlative biography that offers him as a Mormon chief, a company genius, a family members guy, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on an unlimited variety of resources, together with files, own diaries, and personal correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings younger to lifestyles as a towering but totally human determine, the striking captain of his humans and his church for thirty years, who mixed piety and the pursuit of strength to depart an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the tradition of the Western frontier. From polygamy to the Mountain Meadows bloodbath to the tried protection of Young’s nice Basin country, we're given a clean knowing of the controversies that plagued younger in his contentious relatives with the government. Brigham Young attracts its topic out of the marginal position in background to which the traditional knowledge has assigned him, and units him squarely within the American mainstream, a determine of abiding impact in our society to today.

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Brigham younger involves lifestyles during this superlative biography that provides him as a Mormon chief, a enterprise genius, a relatives guy, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on an unlimited diversity of assets, together with records, own diaries, and personal correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings younger to lifestyles as a towering but absolutely human determine, the awesome captain of his humans and his church for thirty years, who mixed piety and the pursuit of strength to depart an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the tradition of the Western frontier.

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35 SOON after starting work for Parks, Brigham met eighteen-year-old Miriam Angeline Works, whose family lived near the pail factory and were said to be friends of Charles Parks. ”36 Her father, like Brigham’s, was a Revolutionary War veteran. He had moved to western New York from Worcester, Massachusetts, not far from Hopkinton where John Young had lived. Brigham and Miriam became acquainted, he walked her home, they sang together and discussed life. At the age of twenty-three Brigham borrowed a horse and carriage from William Hayden’s father, rented a house up the road, and married Miriam.

Dean Jessee has answered innumerable questions about Mormon history and generously shared material in his files. Elder G. Homer Durham has lent support to the project, as did Elder Joseph Anderson and Presidents Harold B. Lee and Spencer W. Kimball. Earl Olson and Donald T. Schmidt gave permission for the extensive use of materials in the Church Archives. I am grateful as well to the LDS Archives and the Utah State Historical Society for permission to use photographs in their collections. None of these, however, is to be held responsible for the material included, or for any errors in fact and interpretation.

Since the full story cannot possibly be told, how does one decide what to include and what to omit? Every reader of the finished work may be disappointed that I did not devote more attention to matters he or she would like to see more fully discussed. Part of the problem of preparing this single volume lay in a classic dilemma of the biographer—how to steer between the extremes of, on the one hand, telling the Mormon story with Young as merely a leading personality and, on the other, recounting the life of Young without placing it sufficiently in its proper historical setting.

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