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Published: Monday, April 29 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Sam Houston who led the 1836 Texas war for independence was an outspoken opponent of the 1857 Utah expedition. He wasn’t alone. From the moment Johnston’s army was on the march to Utah, Congressional opposition to the expedition grew putting pressure on the Buchannan Administration to seek a peaceful way out of the mess that could have ended in a bloodbath.

It's unfortunate that Mormon lore has been so historically biased in emphasizing the persecution endured in the early days of the Church that it blocks out a more balanced picture who how things really were. Thomas Kane and Alexander Doniphan weren’t the only ones trying to be fair and even-handed with America's eccentric religious sect. Nor were the Mormons themselves entirely blameless in the strife they had with their neighbors.

coltakashi
Richland, WA

Shinji Takagi wrote an article for BYU Studies reviewing what the Japanese newspapers said about the first Mormon missionaries in Japan in 1901.

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