Books: Yankee Moses

Yankee Moses*

His Creed Was Singular, His Wives Plural The Life. Bulrushes. Long after, it was "remembered" that the heavens had resounded slightly and that a star had twinkled on June 1, 1801, when Brigham Young was born in Whitingham, Vt. Similar signals of divine pleasure are unrecorded for subsequent years when the indigent Young family drifted about western New York farms. The boy Brigham chopped, plowed, dug, sowed, lucky if in pants, seldom shod.

For its chronic religious conflagrations, western New York was then known as the "burnt over" district. Brigham lent ear to...

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