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By Leonard J. Arrington

Brigham younger involves existence during this superlative biography that offers him as a Mormon chief, a company genius, a relatives guy, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on an enormous diversity of assets, together with records, own diaries, and personal correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings younger to existence as a towering but absolutely human determine, the notable captain of his humans and his church for thirty years, who mixed piety and the pursuit of strength to depart an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the tradition of the Western frontier. From polygamy to the Mountain Meadows bloodbath to the tried maintenance of Young’s nice Basin state, we're given a clean knowing of the controversies that plagued younger in his contentious family members with the government. Brigham Young attracts its topic out of the marginal position in historical past to which the traditional knowledge has assigned him, and units him squarely within the American mainstream, a determine of abiding effect in our society to today.

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My son James Arrington, who as an actor and playwright has studied Brigham Young’s character and personality for several years, has been generous with his help, as has my son Carl Arrington, a writer and editor in New York City and Los Angeles. My daughter, Susan Madsen, has listened to many sketches that have gone into this book. I have benefited from her suggestions as well as those of my late wife, Grace Arrington, who, until her unfortunate death, enthusiastically encouraged me in this long and demanding project.

Heavily laden wagons cut into the soft soil until the roads became a succession of deep chucks. As a result, wheels sank into ruts until the wagon bed rested on the mud. 7 This does not mean that there were not dangers and difficulties. The 100-mile journey would have required at least ten days; the migrants might have encountered blizzards, deep drifts of snow, heavy rain turning to ice, and streams that were only partly frozen. Whether the family camped out each night or stayed at inns we cannot know, and what they subsisted on during the journey can only be surmised: perhaps corn cakes, salt pork, jerky, and an occasional hapless animal—a cottontail or fox—that they saw on the trail.

9 On the first day of June, when the trees had broken forth in pastels of green, corn planted between the tree stumps had sent forth green shoots, and patches of wild strawberries were beginning to show their color, Nabby gave birth to her ninth child and fourth son—a child she had conceived in Hopkinton and had carried, four months pregnant, on the journey to Whitingham. Whether he was delivered by his father, by a doctor in the vicinity, or by a midwife we cannot be sure, but almost certainly the birth took place in the newly built Young cabin.

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