Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900
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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Early Mormon Legal Experience
Zion and the State
The Mormon Ecclesiastical Court System
Early Trials in New York and Ohio
Persecution in Missouri
The Illinois Period
A Turbulent Coexistence Church and State Relations in Utah
The Early Attack on Polygamy
Refinements in the Mormon Judiciary
Mormon Land Policy and Church Courts
Mormon Water Law and Dispute Resolution
Domestic Conflict and Church Courts
Contract Disputes and Church Courts
Tortious Conduct and Church Courts
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