The Mormon War : Zion and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838
In The Mormon War: Zion and the Missouri Extermination Order of 1838 , Brandon G. Kinney unravels the complex series of events that led to a religious and ideological war of both blood and words. The Mormon War not only challenged the protection afforded by the First Amendment, it foreshadowed the partisan violence over slavery and states' rights that would erupt across Missouri and Kansas. The war also fractured Smith's Church and led ultimately to the unexpected settlement of a vast area of the West as a Mormon homeland. By tracing the life of Joseph Smith, Jr. and his quest for Zion, the author reveals that the religion he founded was destined for conflict--both internal and external--as long as he remained its leader.