Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900

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Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints, 1830–1900
Author Edwin B. Firmage Author Richard C. Mangrum
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988

Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900

Reviewer Thomas G. Alexander

Zion in the Courts draws together under one cover the long history of both Latter-day Saint ecclesiastical courts and relations of Mormons with the tribunals of the land. The authors begin their narrative by discussing Mormon attitudes toward the Constitution and civil courts; then they move to the operation of the ecclesiastical court system in the East and Midwest. They follow this narrative with a second part that considers the relationship between the Latter-day Saints and the territorial court system in Utah. The third section deals with the operation of the Church court system in the Mountain West (not only the Great Basin as suggested by the title: "Part III: The Ecclesiastical Court System in the Great Basin").

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