Zion in the Courts

Zion in the Courts : A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900

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Explores the conflict between the Mormons' efforts to establish their own court system--one appropriate to the distinctive political, social, and economic practices they envisioned as Zion--and the pressures applied by the federal legal system to bring them to heel.show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 152.9 x 228.1 x 25.1mm | 686.75g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0252069803
  • 9780252069802

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"This definitive study is certainly not dry-as-dust legal history. While providing a perceptive analysis of positions taken in the courts by Mormon leaders against repressive federal legislation, the authors have also presented a revealing glimpse of the development of a church court system to deal with contentious issues arising at all levels in the Mormon society... Firmage and Mangrum have skillfully used the church court records to offer an intimate portrayal of the nature of early Mormon communities and doctrines." - Choice "A major work of scholarship which deserves close attention from those interested in the Mormon encounter with American legal and cultural values." - Marvin S. Hill, Church History "[Zion in the Courts] is a major contribution to Mormon history. More than that, it should provide a comparison with American law in general that all students of legal history will have to consider." - Davis Bitton, coauthor of The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saintsshow more

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