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Posted by: TPGCH ( )
Date: October 06, 2010 04:52PM

They wish! Did you catch Quentin Cook's claim that the reason for mob violence against the early Mormons was their opposition to slavery?

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZQ-coz1Byk#t=09m44s

That's a new one. I thought they had mobs go up against them due to Joe Smith's polygamous affairs and his eventual trashing of the local printing press. Nice spin doctoring!

(I thought someone on this board did some research and discovered that LDS Inc. was actually not against slavery... but that Smith was an opportunist.)

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Posted by: bona dea ( )
Date: October 06, 2010 05:09PM

Slavery was an issue in Missouri although not the only one. Missouri was a slave state and this was just a few years before the Civil War. Mormons didn't generally own slaves and many were Northerners. The fact that they voted as a block made them a threat in the perception of slaveholders. However, the other issues that you mentioned also played a later part as did other things, but that was in Illinois.Polygamy wasn't that well know at the Missouri period and they hadn't yet destroyed a printing press. However, they were standoffish and kept apart. That too played a role.

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Posted by: johnny rotten ( )
Date: October 06, 2010 05:34PM

That's why ol' Brigham owned slaves and Utah was a slave territory.

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Posted by: JoD3:360 ( )
Date: October 06, 2010 05:53PM

After the Book of Comandments was published a bunch of people got jhold of the revelations and discovered that the mormons were planning on taking the land for themselves.

Bad idea.

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