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Product Code: XB017
Title: Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900
Author: Edwin Brown Firmage & Richard Collin Mangrum
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Price: $40.00
Date: 1988
Pages: 430
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A legal history of the Mormons from 1830-1900, that includes legal actions taken against Joseph Smith and his successors, the inception of a church legal system preferred over the civil courts, and legal conflicts between the Mormons and the Gentiles.

Table of Contents

Part I: Early Mormon Legal Experience

  1. Zion and the State
  2. The Mormon Ecclesiastical Court System
  3. Early Trials in New York and Ohio
  4. Persecution in Missouri
  5. The Illinois Period

Part II: A Turbulent Coexistence: Church and State Relations in Utah

  1. The Early Attack on Polygamy
  2. The Decisive Attack on Polygamy
  3. The War against Mormon Society

Part III: The Ecclesiastical Court System in the Great Basin

  1. Mormon Law, Gentile Law
  2. Refinements in the Mormon Judiciary
  3. Mormon Land Policy and Church Courts
  4. Mormon Water Law and Dispute Resolution
  5. Domestic Conflict and Church Courts
  6. Contract Disputes and Church Courts
  7. Tortious Conduct and Church Courts

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