Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 2011. First edition. Hardcover. 700pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Brown boards. Fine/Fine. Item #29299
Two legislative bodies governed the Mormon community of Nauvoo, Illinois in the 1840s. The high council with its origins in Ohio began as a religious community’s effort plan events and to settle disputes. In Nauvoo it was formalized as the governing body for the church. The city council gathered to pass ordinances on loose animals, impose taxes, and regulate alcohol, and more importantly, protection against arrest for Mormons, which was a persistent source of contention with neighbors. In 1843, Joseph Smith’s revelation introducing polygamy was read to the high council. Soon, a group of dissidents which included members from both councils began to speak out and founded an opposition newspaper called the Nauvoo Expositor. Smith urged the city council to declare the newspaper a public nuisance. The rest is history.