Dinger, John S.
June 2010
Journal of Mormon History;Summer2010, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p135
Academic Journal
The article discusses Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter-day Saint movement, and the habeas corpus acts passed by the Nauvoo City Council in Illinois, where Smith was mayor in the early 1840s. The author explains that habeas corpus is a legal proceeding allowing someone in custody to contest the legality of the detainment. The expansiveness of the Nauvoo habeas corpus acts is detailed and the author considers how these acts protected the Mormons while at the same time alienating them from their non-Mormon neighbors. The article also discusses the origins of the Nauvoo habeas corpus acts.


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