By Robert S. Wicks, Fred R. Foister
"Junius and Joseph examines Joseph Smith's approximately forgotten  presidential bid, the occasions major as much as his assassination on June 27, 1844, and the tangled aftermath of the tragic incident. It . . . establishes that Joseph Smith's homicide, instead of being the lethal end result of a spontaneous mob rebellion, was once in reality a delicately deliberate military-style execution. it truly is now attainable to spot some of the key members engaged in making plans his assassination in addition to those that took half within the attack on Carthage penal complex. And moment, this examine provides incontrovertible proof that the hassle to take away the Mormon chief from energy and impression prolonged way past Hancock County [Illinois] (and integrated renowned Whig politicians in addition to the Democratic governor of the state), thereby reworking his loss of life from an impulsive act by way of neighborhood vigilantes right into a political assassination sanctioned by way of one of the most robust males in Illinois. The conditions surrounding Joseph Smith's dying additionally serve to focus on the customarily unrecognized fact complete figuring out of early Mormon heritage may be won purely whilst thought of within the context of occasions happening in American society as a whole." starting with this provocative thesis, Wicks and Foister have interaction in an intensive reexamination of Joseph Smith's 1844 presidential candidacy, its political context and implications, and its possible connection to his homicide. whereas their paintings asserts debatable conclusions approximately what and who have been in the back of that homicide, its import extends extra because it offers unparalleled, targeted images of political Mormonism, politics in 1844 Illinois and the Midwest, the net of connections and personalities that associated the 2, and the occasions of June 27.
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