story of a vanished Minnesota community with roots in early Mormonism.
Ms. Young tells the tale with consumate skill and deep respect for
the small band who struggled the last half of the nineteenth century
to establish and maintain stable communal life against the tides
of social change. Steeped in Cutlerite traditions and lore, she
weaves tale that will mesmerize any reader interested in American
religions and the history of Minnesota, southern Iowa, and western
account of the rise and demise of the Cutlerites is notable for
its sensitive analysis of feelings and motivations, its engrossing
description of suffering for the sake of a flawed prophet and his
prophecies, and for a new and persuasive interpretation of the role
of Native Americans in that story -- Mario S. De Pillis, professor
emeritus, University of Massachusetts, and past president of the
Mormon History Association.
pages, illustrations, maps, and index. 2002, paperbound