Episode 132

History of Servitude and Slavery in Utah: The Brigham Young and Orson Pratt Debates

On this episode of Mormonish Podcast, Rebecca and Landon are joined by Master Peace, Ron Yorgason to discuss the Brigham Young and Orson Pratt slavery and race debates in 1850’s Utah.

These speeches, which have only recently become available, are a disturbing part of history, not only for the state of Utah but also for the LDS church.

While difficult to listen to, they paint a picture of the views, attitudes, and rhetoric that permeated early Utah territory. They also highlight the tragic enslavement of indigenous people of the era, which is not always discussed.

****Trigger warning: Hate speech***

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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy

Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!