What happened to the members of the Church of Jesus Christ, in this land based on religious freedom, is nothing short of a horrible tragedy. Yet President Andrew Jackson turned a blind eye to the situation: Lilburn Boggs, the governor of the Missouri Territory, declared them to be basically outlaws, and issued an extermination order. People were allowed to shoot them on sight, with no fear of repercussion. Yes, in America. This is a simple but basic background for the persecution of the Church of Jesus Christ in the 1830s.
Here are your primary sources:
http://www.ldsliving.com/The-Truth-Behind-the-Hawn-s-Mill-Massacre/s/77184 (Links to an external site.)
https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=2412&context=byusq (Links to an external site.)
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (also known as Mormons) are Christians, and wanted only to settle somewhere, practice their faith, raise their families, and live out their lives. Yet this was denied to them because of religious bigots. Right wing, “Christian” conservatives deprived them of their freedom, stole their lands, their homes, their businesses, and in many cases, their lives. Your question is this: Why, essentially, did the massacre happen? Please answer in a long paragraph of at least 10 sentences in the usual format.
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