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Carthage Conspiracy

The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith
Awards and Recognition:

Winner of the Mormon History Association Award for Best Book of the Year

Carthage Conspiracy deals with the general problem of Mormon/non-Mormon conflict, as well as with the dramatic story of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, his brother Hyrum, and their alleged assassins. It places the infamous event at the Carthage jail (1846) and the subsequent murder-conspiracy trial in the context of Mormon and American legal history, and deals with the question of achieving justice when crimes are politically motivated and popularly supported.


"This book is a 'must.'"--Jerry Jensen, Dialogue: Journal of Mormon Thought

"One of the best books to appear on Mormon history in years. . . . An illuminating study of authority in a democratic society."--Charles S. Peterson, Journal of American History

"Carthage Conspiracy is a superb work of historical analysis and reconstruction."--David Brion Davis, Times Literary Supplement

"No library with any pretension to a collection on Mormonism, Illinois, American legal history, or the history of religion in America should be without this volume."--Choice

"A Refreshing example of candor and clarity."--Salt Lake Tribune


Dallin H Oaks is an American attorney, jurist, author, professor, public speaker, and religious leader. Since 1984, he has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was president of Brigham Young University (BYU), a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School and a justice of the Utah Supreme Court.

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