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Mormons Tried to Stop Native Child Slavery in Utah. They Ended Up Encouraging It


November 16, 2018

When Brigham Young and his band of Mormon settlers marched into Utah in 1847, they saw a vast expanse of land they envisioned as a sanctuary. Salt Lake City would soon become the bustling center of life in the Latter-Day Saints Church. But that life would rest in part on the backs of people who were not Mormon—and who weren’t even voluntarily in Salt Lake.

They were Native and black slaves, and their story is an often forgotten part of the Mormon settlement of Utah.


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