Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy
Simon & Schuster, Fall 2008
The dramatic story of the greatest disaster in the westward migration across America — a catastrophe, David Roberts contends, that Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders might have easily prevented.
“This disturbing account of the 1300 Mormon immigrants who in 1856 pushed handcarts for more than 1000 miles from Iowa to Salt Lake City is narrative history at its best. It's also pertinent to our time, for David Roberts shows how, in the cover-up of the most deadly catastrophe in the history of western migration, political and religious leaders turned failed experiments into triumphs and tragedies into hymnals. Roberts has swept away the cobwebs in his stirring book.”—Ted Morgan
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