The Missouri Context of Antebellum Mormonism and Its Legacy of Violence
Spencer, Thomas M.
The Missouri Mormon Experience
University of Missouri Press
"The basic outline of what happened when the Mormons settled in Missouri is well-known: the violent expulsion from Jackson County in 1833, the expulsion from Clay County in 1834, the creation of Caldwell County as an Indian-style reservation for the Mormons in 1836, and finally the Mormon War, in which Governor Lilburn Boggs, a citizen of Jackson County, issued his famous extermination order expelling church members from the state in 1838." [p. 23] "The Mormon War framed the thinking of an entire generation of young men in western Missouri, and helped frame it for violence. I am not suggesting that persecuting the Mormons led to the Lawrence massacre or to Jesse James. But I am suggesting that the Missouri reaction to Mormonism worked as a poison pill, giving western Missourians a psychological framework, a language, and a behavior to deal with those whom they opposed." [p. 24-25]