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Brigham Young
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Since Mormons were experiencing persecution in New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, Brigham Young led an exodus of Mormons to "Deseret," later known as Utah. This journey began in 1846, only a couple years after Brigham Young was named Joseph Smith’s successor. The exodus of Mormons was likened to the Hebrew exodus out of Egypt, and Young is viewed as an "American Moses" because of his brave leadership. Utah itself was viewed as a Mormon "Zion" and the Mormons were God’s "chosen people." The government became theocratic, and the authority of Young was interpreted as divinely-willed. In 1849, Young was elected governor of what was known as the "Deseret" at the time, and subsequently became governor of Utah once it was officially incorporated into the United States as a territory in 1850.
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Young, Brigham

Salt Lake City, Utah 1896- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-17879

Brigham Young portrait- Internet Archive- from Life of Brigham Young by Edward W. Tullidge

First glimpse of Salt Lake Valley- Internet Archive- from Salt Lake City Past and Present by E. V. Fohlin

Mormon pioneers hand cart train- Internet Archive- from Popular History of Utah by Orson F. Whitney

Salt Lake City, Utah- Internet Archive- from The Religious, Social and Political History of the Mormons by Samuel M. Smucker
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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