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Under the Prophet in Utah; the National Menace of a Political Priestcraft   By: (1876-1929)

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Under the Prophet in Utah; the National Menace of a Political Priestcraft by Harvey Jerrold O'Higgins is an eye-opening and thought-provoking exposé of the influence of religious fanaticism in the American West. O'Higgins, with meticulous research and detailed analysis, unravels the dark workings of a religious sect that governs, manipulates, and oppresses its followers in the name of divinity.

From the onset, O'Higgins presents a vivid portrayal of the complex and often alarming social dynamics in the state of Utah, focusing primarily on the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as Mormonism. By delving into the history and doctrine of the church, the author weaves a comprehensive and unbiased narrative that showcases the inner workings of a system that subjugates individuals to its whims, even at the expense of their civil liberties.

One of the book's strongest features is O'Higgins' ability to present a fair and balanced perspective on the Mormon Church. While highlighting its positive contributions to the development of the region, he does not shy away from exposing the darker side of its doctrines and practices. He uncovers the church's secretive hierarchy, its control over economic and political spheres, and its suppression of dissenting voices within its ranks. O'Higgins provides a compelling argument for the need to question the unchecked authority of any religious institution.

Throughout the book, the author's writing style is engaging and informative, making complex historical events and religious doctrines accessible to readers from various backgrounds. His narrative is accompanied by firsthand accounts and testimonies from former church members, offering intimate insights into the psychological and emotional hold the church exerts on its adherents. This human element elevates the book beyond a mere historical account and paints a compelling portrait of the suffering endured by those trapped within this religious web.

While some readers may find certain arguments or interpretations debatable, it is clear that O'Higgins has conducted extensive research and has a deep understanding of his subject matter. The book is enriched with footnotes, references, and a comprehensive bibliography, reflecting the author's commitment to providing an evidence-based analysis.

Under the Prophet in Utah offers a cautionary tale about the dangers of religious fundamentalism and the potential threats it poses to democratic values and individual freedoms. It serves as a reminder that even in a secular society, such influences can still hold sway, affecting legislation, social norms, and the lives of countless individuals.

In conclusion, Harvey Jerrold O'Higgins' Under the Prophet in Utah is a hard-hitting critique of a religious institution that wields immense power and control over its followers, often at the expense of their well-being and liberty. This book is a must-read for those interested in understanding the complex intersection of religion, politics, and society, and the potential consequences when these forces become intertwined.

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The National Menace of a Political Priestcraft

By Frank J. Cannon

Formerly United States Senator from Utah


Harvey J. O'Higgins

Author "The Smoke Eaters," "Don a Dreams," etc.



Note Introduction Foreword I In the Days of the Raid II On a Mission to Washington III Without a Country IV The Manifesto V On the Road to Freedom VI The Goal and After VII The First Betrayals VIII The Church and the Interests IX At the Crossways X On the Downward Path XI The Will of the Lord XII The Conspiracy Completed. XIII The Smoot Exposure XIV Treason Triumphant XV The Struggle for Liberty XVI The Price of Protest XVII The New Polygamy XVIII The Prophet of Mammon XIX The Subjects of the Kingdom XX Conclusion


When Harvey J. O'Higgins was in Denver, in the spring of 1910, working with Judge Ben B. Lindsey on the manuscript of "The Beast and the Jungle," for Everybody's Magazine, he met the Hon. Frank J. Cannon, formerly United States Senator from Utah, and heard from him the story of the betrayal of Utah by the present leaders of the Mormon Church... Continue reading book >>

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