Scholars discuss 'Massacre At Mountain Meadows'

Not for the faint of heart, a May 28 session at the 2010 Mormon History Association Conference took up the topic of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of constitutional law and history at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Jan Shipps, professor emeritus of history and religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue, shared thoughts on both the event and the recent publication of "Massacre at Mountain Meadows," written by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley and Glen M. Leonard. Richard Bushman, visiting professor of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University, responded to their comments.

Gordon suggested that perhaps something was missing to aid understanding of the tragedy, where members of an emigrant party were killed by Mormons in southern Utah in 1857. She recommended looking at the massacre as an event in religious history set in a much larger national context.

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