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Panel Discussion: Mormonism and Violence in 19th-Century America


Patrick Q. Mason
“The Rise and Fall of Mormon Extralegal Violence”

Patrick Q. Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University.  He is the author or editor of several books, including The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South, and What Is Mormonism? A Student’s Introduction.  He is current president of the Mormon History Association.

Patrick Mason


William P. MacKinnon
“Warfare and Violence by Different Means: Thomas L. Kane and the Ordeal of Utah’s ‘Reconstruction,’ 1858-1907”

William P. (Bill) MacKinnon is an independent historian residing in Montecito, California.  He is the author of At Sword’s Point, a two-volume documentary history of the Utah War, as well as dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on Utah’s territorial period.  He is a former president of the Mormon History Association.



Richard E. Turley Jr.
“Post-Massacre Trauma: Utah, Legal Process, and the Long Legacy of Mountain Meadows”

Richard E. Turley Jr. is Managing Director of the Public Affairs Department and former Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on Mormon and Western history, including Massacre at Mountain Meadows, and Victims:  The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case.

Rick Turley