Juanita Brooks (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Juanita Brooks

Juanita Pulsipher Brooks was an American historian and author, specializing in the American West and Mormon history, including books related to the Mountain Meadows Massacre, to which her grandfather Dudley Leavitt was sometimes linked.

Born: January 15, 1898, Bunkerville, Nevada, United States
Died: August 26, 1989
Occupation: Historian, author
Nationality: American

About Juanita Brooks

The daughter of Mormon pioneers, she bravely researched a dark chapter of her people’s history in preparation for the publication of her 1950 work, The Mountain Meadows Massacre. Her other published works include On the ragged edge: The Life and Times of Dudley Leavitt (1973) and On the Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea Stout (1964).

Before Fame

She attended both Brigham Young University and Columbia University. After ending her teaching career to start a family, she devoted herself to the research of Mormon pioneer life.


She blamed the famous Mountain Meadows Massacre, for which John D. Lee was executed, on Mormon leader Brigham Young.

Family Life

She married Will Brooks, a widower and father of four, in 1933. Together, they had one more daughter and three more sons.


The Mormon Church discouraged her investigation into Brigham Young‘s involvement in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Information related to Juanita Brooks

  • Dixie State University faculty
  • Historians of Utah
  • Mountain Meadows massacre
  • Leavitt family
  • Historians of the American West
  • Dudley–Winthrop family
  • Writers from Utah
  • Historians of the Latter Day Saint movement
  • American Latter Day Saint writers
  • Women biographers

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