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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Reconciling Utah's Mountain Meadows Massacre

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- NPR's Morning Edition aired the first part of a two part story yesterday on the Mountain Meadows Massacre this morning, examining the history of the tragedy and recent attitudes toward the tragedy. The more than eight minute report includes comments by historian Will Bagley, Glen Leonard of the LDS Church's Museum of Church History and Art, and descendants of the victims. The second part of the story was broadcast this morning.

NPR reporter Berkes gives a sense of the environment that led to the massacre, and even relies on audio clips from university archives of a congregation singing the pre-1950 lyrics of "O Ye Mountains High" by LDS General Authority Charles Penrose, which contained lyrics that might be seen as threatening, and "The Ballad of the Mountain Meadows Massacre." In the second part of the story, Berkes also gives a sense of the disagreement between some historians, such as Bagley, who argue that the attack had to have been ordered by Brigham Young, and LDS Church officials and supporters, who argue that the southern Utah pioneers that committed the atrocity acted on their own.

Real audio files of the reports will be available on NPR's website later today. The website also refers listeners to the website of the Mountain Meadows Association at .

Reconciling Utah's Mountain Meadows Massacre
National Public Radio 8Aug00 N1
By Howard Berkes


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