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Monday, January 17, 2011

Book Review: **^The Mormon Trail

This is a book geared to fifth or sixth grade.  It is written by Liz Sonneborn for Scholastic Books.  This book gives a fair and accurate portrayal of the Mormon immigration.  It tells the story of Joseph Smith's murder, of Brigham Young leading the Saints to Salt Lake and of the dealings between the Mormons and the gold minors.

 It dedicates a chapter to the handcart story, and presents a very nice summary.  It tells the story of the Willie Company, and says the Martin Company went through similar trials, which isn't good for my needs.  Lastly it talks of the down and back riders, which changed the way immigration took place, in that companies would leave Salt Lake, pick up the immigrants, and then return to Salt Lake. 

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