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On the Mormon Frontier
The Diary of Hosea Stout, 1844–1889
Edited by Juanita Brooks
Hosea Stout was a participant in the mainstream movement as the newly formed Mormon Church expanded its membership and range. He held numerous positions of responsibility in church, civic, and governmental organizations, including as officer of the militias of Illinois and Utah, attorney general of the state of Deseret and the territory of Utah, and president of the house of the Utah Territorial Legislature. Such positions gave Stout the opportunity to observe and record events of great moment in Mormon history that were outside the reach of many diarists. His records of the territorial legislature offer a more informative and detailed account of the affairs of the legislative assembly than even the official journals of that body. Yet Stout also imbues his diaries with a sense of the familiar, recounting moving experiences from his daily life.
This edition of On the Mormon Frontier presents Stout’s diary in a single volume, proving that it continues to be an essential work in the study of Mormon and American history.
Juanita Brooks (1898–1989) remains among the most notable and recognized of Utah historians, widely respected for her courage, integrity, and thoroughness in documenting and interpreting Mormon history and culture. Her many publications include The Mountain Meadows Massacre; the monumental A Mormon Chronicle: The Diaries of John D. Lee, 1848–1876; and her autobiography Quicksand and Cactus.
Table of Contents:
List of Illustrations
Volume One: 1844–1848
Part I. October 4, 1844 to May 14, 1845
Part II. May 15, 1845 to February 9, 1846
Part III. February 10, 1846 to September 22, 1846
Part IV. September 23, 1846 to September 25, 1848
Volume Two: 1848–1889
Part I. September 25, 1848 to August 27, 1852
Part II. August 28, 1852 to December 31, 1853
Part III. January 1, 1854 to June 30, 1857
Part IV. July 1, 1857 to December 25, 1859
Part V. The Year 1860 to March 2, 1889
Praise and Reviews:
"One of the most magnificent windows upon Mormon history ever opened, an enduring contribution to American history."
—Dale Morgan, historian and author of The Great Salt Lake