A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian by Todd M. Compton

By Todd M. Compton

Frontiersman, colonizer, missionary to the Indians, and explorer of the yankee West, Jacob Hamblin has lengthy been the most enigmatic figures in Mormon background. during this defining biography, Todd Compton examines and disentangles a number of the myths and controversies surrounding Hamblin. His Grand Canyon adventures and explorations as a consultant along John Wesley Powell are good documented, as are his roles as a missionary, cultural liaison, and negotiator to the Indian tribes of southern Utah and Arizona. Hamblin struggled during this latter function, occasionally not able to bridge the gulf among Mormonism and Indian tradition. He disavowed violent clash and without end sought peaceable resolutions the place others resorted to punitive motion. He strove peculiarly for mutual figuring out within the absence of conversion.

A Frontier Life presents a wealthy narrative that fleshes out an image of a occasionally vilified determine, quite in regard to his connection to the notorious Mountain Meadows bloodbath, the place Compton offers nuanced dialogue clarifying Hamblin’s post-massacre role—he used to be now not current on the bloodbath, yet pronounced on it to either Brigham younger and armed forces investigators. Compton’s engagement with Mormon historiography and former Hamblin portrayals will make this paintings of specific curiosity to either students and scholars. The informal reader will get pleasure from studying of a real pioneer who lived lifestyles on the geographical, cultural, and religious barriers of his period. This dramatic, enjoyable biography is a very major contribution to Mormon history.

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