This week I have been studying about the mass immigration to the United States of Germans in the 1830s-1840s. Specifically I have been looking at Jewish migrants.
So while looking at this I came across a very interesting set of figures.
1.5 million Irish moved to America in those years.
1.5 million Germans moved in that same time period.
The numbers of Jews during that period went from 3,000 at the end of the Revolutionary War to 50,000 in 1842 and to around 150,000 by 1857.
Now compare that to the Mormon population of Utah in that period.
For me that was a startling figure. While given there was only six people members in 1830 and maybe 10,000 in in 1840 I guess I have a view of the saints population in Utah as out of proportion to the overall population in the period.
When one compares this to the massive migrations happening with Catholics and German Jews and Protestants it is remarkable how the LDS faith was such an overwhelming target during that same period.
Keep in mind that while German and Irish Catholics were treated very harshly and had a great deal of problems with older settlers it would make sense that this would be the case when you have such high immigration patterns.
The Mormons on the other hand were the focus of two Presidents, a main plank on a new party platform (the Grand Old Party of course considered Slavery and Polygamy as the twin relics of barbarism). The government even went so far as to declare war on the Church.
No wonder Church members in the era thought that “all hell was combining against them.”