This thesis is a study of the Mormon adoption program developed by the Mormons in response to the Indian slave trade in Utah, 1850-1880. It focuses on the Mormon justifications, as enumerated by Brigham Young, for the adoption policy and it links those justifications to expected results. Further this thesis compares the Mormon's expected results with the actual results of the adoption program through an analysis of historical accounts and Mormon ordinance records.
College and Department
David M. Kennedy Center
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Muhlestein, Robert M., "Utah Indians and the Indian Slave Trade: The Mormon Adoption Program and its Effect on the Indian Slaves" (1991). All Theses and Dissertations. 4968.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Indian policy, Mormons, Relations with Indians, Slaves, Utah, Indians of North America