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Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900
by Edwin Brown Firmage and R Collin Mangrum
University of Illinois Press, 1988
Paper: 978-0-252-06980-2 | Cloth: 978-0-252-01498-7
Library of Congress Classification KF4869.M6F57 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 262.989373

The inability of American society to tolerate the peculiar institutions embraced by Mormons was one of the major events in the religious history of nineteenth-century America. Zion in the Courts explores one aspect of this collision between the Mormons and the mainstream: the Mormons' efforts to establish their own court system--one appropriate to the distinctive political, social, and economic practices they envisioned as Zion--and the pressures applied by the federal legal system to bring them to heel.
This first paperback edition includes two new introductory pieces in which the authors discuss the Mormon emphasis on settling disputes outside the court, a practice that foreshadows current trends toward arbitration and mediation.
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