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Mormonism Unveiled
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First edition
Editor William W. Bishop
Author John D. Lee
Original titleMormonism Unveiled; or The Life and Confessions of the Late Mormon Bishop, John D. Lee (Written by Himself)
CountryUnited States
Subject LDS Church, Brigham Young, Mountain Meadows massacre
Publisher Bryan, Brand & Company ( St. Louis)
Publication date
ISBN 0826327885

Mormonism Unveiled; or The Life and Confessions of the Late Mormon Bishop, John D. Lee (Written by Himself) is a book by John D. Lee, first published in 1877, just after the author's execution for his complicity in the Mountain Meadows massacre. It was dictated to, and edited by, Lee's attorney, William W. Bishop. [1]

The book was composed between Lee's second trial (with its subsequent conviction) and his execution. It includes Lee's autobiography up until 1847, his confession to Bishop, the transcript of the 1876 trial, an account of Lee's death by firing squad, and a biographical sketch of Brigham Young. Lee portrays himself as a true believer who was set up as a scapegoat by Young and other church leaders.

Some details have been brought into question, if they were not Lee's words, but rather inserted by the editor. [2]

The book was out of print for almost a century. [3]


  1. ^ Clampitt, John Wesley (1888). Echoes from the Rocky Mountains. Chicago: National Book Concern. p. 388. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ Walker, Ronald W.; Turley, Richard E.; Leonard, Glen M. (9 February 2011). Massacre at Mountain Meadows. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN  0199747563. there is speculation that Lee’s lead attorney and editor, William W. Bishop, added Macfarlane’s name to Lee’s original manuscript because of a personal dislike for him. [1] {{ cite book}}: External link in |quote= ( help)
  3. ^ Dinges, Bruce J. (Summer 2002). "Book Notes". The Journal of Arizona History. 43 (2): 202. JSTOR  41696712.

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