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Season 1 Episode 06 The Great Western Measure


The story of the displaced Saints moving west.


Far from being an accidental or sudden idea, the exodus of the Latter-day Saints to the West was an informed and planned decision. It was not an idea that originated with Brigham Young, but rather with Joseph Smith who spoke of it as early as the 1830’s. When the Saints went west, it was not the migration of random peoples looking for gold, game, or fur—it was the movement of a displaced people—an entire culture—looking for a home. This episode tells that story and features the scholarship of Richard Bennett, Fred Gowans, Alex Baugh, Fred Woods, William Hartley, and Glen Leonard.


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