Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

From Salt Lake to Chihuahua

June 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The peaceful resolution of a Mexican kidnapping saga brings to mind a strange bit of American religious history: The Mormons’ 19th-century trek south of the border to establish a series of colonies. Those colonies were far more numerous before Pancho Villa came on the scene, but some hardy souls stuck out the conflict (PDF). Among those Mormons who stayed the Mexican course? A family by the name of Romney.

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  • Jordan

    I remember a section in “Under the Banner of Heaven” by John Krakauer that talked about the FLDS communities strung out between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. They didn’t sound like terribly pleasant places to live. But that’s what you get from living under the leadership of often wildly egotistic, self-righteous individuals.

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @Jordan: Ah, yes, the lovely LeBaron clan–basically the Mormon Manson Family:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ervil_LeBaron

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