Before Zion: An Account of the Seventh Handcart Company

This book is Dr. Allen C. Christensen’s contribution to the various histories of the ten handcart companies. He is the director of the Benson Agriculture and Food Institute at Brigham Young University and a descendant of some of the members of the Seventh Handcart Company.

The author points out in the first few sentences of the introduction that the Seventh Handcart Company is not as well known as other handcart companies, in part because “there is a paucity of written documentation on their journey.” However, he does tell their story competently, and he uses some sources that are not generally available.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 47:4
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