Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Death to Seducers! Examples of Latter-day Saint-led Extralegal Justice in Historical Context

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
4/30/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
32 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
church history, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, extralegal justice, historical context, lds, Mormonism

Abstract: Some people have suggested a strain of violence within nineteenth- century Latter-day Saint culture as violent as and perhaps more so than that of most Americans around them. Critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints point to a few well-known acts of extralegal violence as evidence of a culture of violence that permeated the early Church. But were these examples of violence really out of the norm of nineteenth-century American society? This article looks at examples of extralegal punishment for certain crimes, placing them and the examples of extralegal punishment in Utah within a greater historical and cultural context.

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