U.S. History

"American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church"

Alex Beam

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Alex Beam, a columnist for the Boston Globe, recalls the assassination of Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith in a jail in Carthage, Illinois, on June 27, 1844.  The author reports on the lead-up to Smith’s death; from his arrival in Illinois following prior stops in Ohio and Missouri to the strained relationship between the Mormon population and their neighboring denizens.  Mr. Beam also examines the criticism Joseph Smith faced from within the Church over polygamy, a debate that continued following his death.  Alex Beam speaks at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.  
 

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Alex Beam

Alex Beam's books include Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America's Premier Mental Hospital.  He is a columnist for the Boston Globe


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"American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church"

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  • Monday, June 23rd at 5am (ET)
  • Saturday, May 24th at 8:45am (ET)
  • Sunday, May 18th at 10:45pm (ET)
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