Numerous authors and scholars have devoted themselves to keeping alive the history of the Mormon pioneers. The Gates of Eden was informed and guided by their work. Thank you.

  • A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  • The Polygamous Wives Writing Club, Paula Kelly Harline
  • Tell My Story, Too, Jolene Allphin
  • Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, Will Bagley
  • The Mountain Meadows Massacre, Juanita Brooks
  • Brigham Young: American Moses, Leonard J. Arrington
  • The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail, Wallace Stegner
  • Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1854-1860, Kenneth Holmes
  • Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail, Susan Butruille
  • History of Utah: 1540-1886, Hubert Hugh Bancroft
  • Devil’s Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy, David Roberts
  • Recollections of a Handcart Pioneer of 1860, Mary Ann Hafen
  • Great Basin Kingdom: Economic History of the Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1900, Leonard J. Arrington
  • Mormon Country, Wallace Stegner
  • Mormon Polygamy: A History, Richard Van Wagoner
  • Women’s Voices from the Western Frontier, Susan Butruille
  • Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey, Lillian Schlissel
  • Journal of Discourses, collection of writings by Brigham Young and others
  • The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star, proselytizing newspaper published in Liverpool, England
  • A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Emma Smith

Special thanks to:

  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
  • Oregon State Library
  • J. Willard Marriott Digital Library, University of Utah
  • Google Books (
Special Gratitude

I am especially indebted to a wide circle of generous and talented editors, readers, scholars and archivists. Allow me to introduce you