The mormon church on trial transcript of the reed smoot hearings michael harold paulos on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers contrary to popular folklore the lds temple ceremony was not performed or recited in the us senate chambers during the 1904 06 challenge to reed smoots election from utah. The mormon church on trial transcripts of the reed smoot hearings is the first scholarly examination of this moment in american history testimonies by lds leaders were brought before congress ultimately uncovering skeletons in the lds church and utah politics. The reed smoot hearings also called smoot hearings or the smoot case were a series of congressional hearings on whether the united states senate should seat us senator reed smoot who was elected by the utah legislature in 1903 smoot was an apostle in the church of jesus christ of latter day saints lds church one of the top 15 leaders of the church. The fabled reed smoot hearings 1904 06 ushered the lds church into twentieth century american life originally published alongside other government business in four volumes comprising 3432 pages the current abridged and annotated volume makes for accessible comprehensible and suspenseful courtroom drama. More interesting than the very interesting transcripts of the hearings are the footnotes they are filled with letters from smoot and his secretary and additional details about the political maneuverings in utah and in the church generally in the attempt to seat the first mormon senator and win national acceptability after the cessation of
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