Mormonism in Utah - The Cave of Despair.

Wood engraving, 1882.
Image size 10 7/8 x 9 1/4" (27.6 x 23.6 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 96718
Price: $75.00
Publisher : Published by Frank Leslie's Newspaper. February 4, 1882.
In this cartoon Mormonism is blatantly attacked by the artist. Mormonism wasn't an overly supported philosophy. In fact, it nearly prevented Utah from becoming a state within the U.S. and in 1857 President Buchanan sent the military to Salt Lake City to forcibly remove the territory's Mormon leader, Brigham Young.

In this cartoon, the artist is warning European immigrants of their fate if they moved to Utah to become Mormon wives - they were doomed to misery and hell. All those seen in this cartoon are too far gone to save, their souls "sealed," as shown by the stickers stamped on them or their belongings. In the distance, on the left, human remains littler the landscape of "Mountain Meadow." The desolate "Salt Lake" can be seen on the right.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - United States , Utah