This daily feature is an introduction to a full book review by Klaus J. Hansen. To read the full text of this review, follow the link below.
As we remember the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith on June 27, 1844, we look to the seminal work by Dallin Oaks and Marvin Hill, Carthage Conspiracy. President Oaks, a law professor, and Marvin Hill, a historian, write about the political climate in Illinois in 1844, the trial of five men accused of the assassination, and the fates of these men and the men who prosecuted the case. This short review tells how the trial was highly political, and the “sham justice of the state” prevailed.
“Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith”, by Dallin H. Oaks and Marvin R. Hill, 1975, reviewed by Klaus J. Hansen, BYU Studies 16:3