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"Liberty to the Downtrodden"Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer$
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Matthew J. Grow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300136104

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300136104.001.0001

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The Utah War, Act I

The Utah War, Act I

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"Liberty to the Downtrodden"

Matthew J. Grow

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the role of Thomas L. Kane in mediating a truce between federal officials and Mormon leaders in the so-called Utah War. It explains that President James Buchanan dispatched an army with the limited goals of replacing Brigham Young as governor of Utah and compelling the Saints' submission to national power. It contends that while the truce helped preserve peace in Utah, the question of the boundaries of acceptable religious dissent in the U.S. remained unresolved.

Keywords:   Thomas L. Kane, Utah War, truce, federal officials, Mormon leaders, Utah, James Buchanan, Brigham Young, religious dissent, U.S.

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