Roughing It By Mark Twain Essay

998 words - 4 pages

Roughing it was written by Mark Twain. This book is a journal of Mark Twain and his brother's trip to Carson City, Nevada. They went because Mark Twain's brother had a job as the Secretary of Nevada. This book, journal, started when they were leaving to go to Carson City; and ended when Mark Twain decided to move to New York instead of living in San Francisco or any part of the wild west.

In between this time he talked about how they became rich and how they lost it and how they became rich again and lost it. He also talked about their trips to different places and they also talked about Slade and Indians and Mormons, which brings me to my topic. My report is on the Mormons and their history, their part in the book and many other things.The Mormons have been a group for over 40 years and they have hated "Gentiles" for their whole existence because wherever they go they are hunted or chased by these "Gentiles". Joseph Smith was the founder of the Book of Mormons and the religion of Mormonism. After being kicked out of everywhere they finally settled in Ohio. There they built a church and they stayed there for a while.

While they were there a man by the name of Brigham Young joined them. He did so many things for the Mormons that they said he was one of the Twelve Apostles. Then later he became the president of the Twelve. The people of Ohio then drove the Mormons out of their state and so the Mormons had to settle somewhere else. They were kicked out of many different states until they found safe haven in Illinois. Here Joseph Smith, the president of the Mormon Church, was killed; and a Mormon named Rigdon was made the president of the Mormon Church.

Then after a little while Brigham Young came and seized power of the Mormon Church and kicked Rigdon out of his seat as president.They then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to escape the Americans, because the Americans did not have control of Utah back then. Then after they settled in Utah the Americans came and conquered the Mexican army and the Americans gained ownership of the West Coast, including Utah. So Utah became part of the U.S.A. and Brigham Young was really upset. He didn't let the Americans come into his state.

When the U.S.A. finally had control of Utah they made Brigham Young the governor of it because they didn't want any more problems. As the leader of the Mormons Brigham Young added the doctrine of Polygamy, which is when you have more than one wife at a time. He supported this new doctrine by saying that Joseph Smith, the former leader, had a revelation of this doctrine but never put it in...

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