This collection of narratives by four individuals who abandoned Mormonism—“apostates,” as Brigham Young and other Latter-day Saint leaders labeled them—provides an overview of dissent from the beginning of the religion to the early twentieth century and presents a wide range of disaffection with the faith or its leaders. Instead of focusing on a single disheartened individThis collection of narratives by four individuals who abandoned Mormonism—“apostates,” as Brigham Young and other Latter-day Saint leaders labeled them—provides an overview of dissent from the beginning of the religion to the early twentieth century and presents a wide range of disaffection with the faith or its leaders. Instead of focusing on a single disheartened individual or sect, this collection includes dissenters with different motivations and a wide range of experiences. Some devout Mormon converts, finding Brigham Young’s implementation of the Kingdom of God disillusioning, turned their backs on religion in general. Yet most never lost their love for their fellow Mormons or their longing for the ideal society they had dreamed of building. Newspaper articles, personal letters, journals, and sermons provide context for the testaments collected here—those of George Armstrong Hicks, Charles Derry, Ann Gordge, and Brigham Young Hampton. The four range from those who felt Brigham Young had not lived up to the precepts of Mormonism, to “backouts” who gave up and left Utah, to a plural wife who constructed a rich fantasy world, to a devoted Latter-day Saint who gave his all only to feel betrayed by his leaders. Young warnedone dissenting group that they were “not playing with shadows,” but with “the voice and the hand of the Almighty”; accordingly, many dissenters feared for their livelihoods, and some, for their lives. Historians will value the range of beliefs, opinions, complaints, hopes, and fears expressed in these carefully annotated life histories. An antidote to anti-Mormon sensationalism, these detailed chronicles of deeply personal journeys add subtlety and a human dimension to our understanding of the Mormon past....
|Title||:||Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West|
|Number of Pages||:||496 Pages|
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Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West Reviews
This is an interesting collection of narratives from four people who lived during the turbulent times when Salt Lake City and outlying areas in Utah Territory were being created and established mainly by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Three of the four became disillusioned with the Mormon church and their accounts range from quite credible (George Armstrong Hicks) to mostly crazy (Ann Gordge). The fourth (Brigham Young Hampton) was a faithful member of the Mormon church throughout his life, but fell out with some of the leaders after the death of Brigham Young.This is rough reading for Mormons who have only heard sanitized versions of the history of the Mormon church during this period. This was the time of the wild west and, while things may have been more stable than in some areas of the American west, all was not entirely well in Zion. Brigham Young was trying to establish a safe haven for the Church after the persecution members of the Church experienced in the United States. But, alas, while the Church left the United States, the United States caught up with and enveloped them. The inevitable conflicts were intense and sometimes violent. This volume presents the view of some of the minority who decided the Church wasn't what they felt it should be. This is a point of view that all Mormons should become acquainted with. It reveals the complexity of the situation during the early days of Utah history and the difficult time Brigham Young and other leaders of the Mormon church had in dealing with the resulting conflicts from within and without.
I love books like this that take you back in time and show you what it was like to live in their shoes. Most of the book is from journals about people's experiences & struggles in Utah mainly during the Brigham Young/Wild West era up until around 1900. It also brings to light a lot of the injustices from early Utah history, and so many crimes that were gotten away with. It's also interesting to see how a lot of the conflicts between Mormons & non-Mormons that existed in Utah 150 years ago still continue today. The footnotes were very helpful & a lot of research was done to verify or correct many of the stories in the accounts.