By Robert S. Wicks, Fred R. Foister
"Junius and Joseph examines Joseph Smith's approximately forgotten  presidential bid, the occasions best as much as his assassination on June 27, 1844, and the tangled aftermath of the tragic incident. It . . . establishes that Joseph Smith's homicide, instead of being the lethal consequence of a spontaneous mob rebellion, was once in reality a gently deliberate military-style execution. it's now attainable to spot a few of the key participants engaged in making plans his assassination in addition to those that took half within the attack on Carthage reformatory. And moment, this examine provides incontrovertible facts that the trouble to take away the Mormon chief from strength and impact prolonged well past Hancock County [Illinois] (and incorporated sought after Whig politicians in addition to the Democratic governor of the state), thereby remodeling his loss of life from an impulsive act via neighborhood vigilantes right into a political assassination sanctioned through essentially the most robust males in Illinois. The situations surrounding Joseph Smith's dying additionally serve to focus on the customarily unrecognized fact complete figuring out of early Mormon background should be received in simple terms whilst thought of within the context of occasions occurring in American society as a whole." starting with this provocative thesis, Wicks and Foister interact in an intensive reexamination of Joseph Smith's 1844 presidential candidacy, its political context and implications, and its possible connection to his homicide. whereas their paintings asserts debatable conclusions approximately what and who have been in the back of that homicide, its import extends extra because it presents extraordinary, precise pix of political Mormonism, politics in 1844 Illinois and the Midwest, the net of connections and personalities that associated the 2, and the occasions of June 27.
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18 Following the family visit Joseph and Sidney journeyed westward to Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. The prophet declared Jackson County to be the future site of Zion, the New Jerusalem of Biblical tradition. ” Their Evening and Morning Star newspaper, published in Independence, promoted the gathering of the faithful to Missouri. In the summer of 1833 conﬂict with the old settlers of Jackson County resulted in the destruction of the Mormon press there (which was preparing to publish the prophet’s revelations) and the expulsion of the Saints by the end of the year.
Clay, and a Foreign Mission,” Illinois State Register, 20 June 1843. The best contemporary reference to Henry Clay’s “secret committee” is Cassius M. Clay to Henry Clay, 13 April 1848, in Hopkins and Hargreaves, Papers of Henry Clay 10:435–39. The “corrupt bargain” charge is examined in Remini, Henry Clay, 251–72. Clay uses the phrase “intrigue of 1839” in at least two letters—Henry Clay to Benjamin W. Leigh, 20 June 1843, in Hopkins and Hargreaves, “Clear the Way for Henry Clay” 33 In December of 1839 delegates from twenty-two of the twenty-six states in the Union were gathered at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to select the 1840 Whig presidential ticket.
Phelps, 183328 When Stephen F. Austin led a colony of three hundred southerners (many of them slave owners) into the Texas wilderness in 1821, the land was still under the control of Spain. Mexican independence was declared less than a year later. After nearly ﬁfteen years under Mexican rule, Texas proclaimed itself an independent republic on March 2, 1836. The United States of America recognized Sam Houston and his Republic of Texas the following year. The question of annexation became an issue almost immediately and was still unresolved at the time of the American presidential election in 1844.