Handcart Song, The

DESCRIPTION: "Ye saints who dwell on Europe's shore, prepare yourselves for many more." "For some must push and some must pull" as the Mormons head west with their handcarts. The song praises how the Saints work together to make the migration.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1946 (collected from Lalovi M. Hilton)
KEYWORDS: emigration travel
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Hubbard, #209, "Handcart Song" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS2, p. 595, "The Handcart Song" (1 text)

Roud #4748
cf. "Handcarts" (subject)
NOTES [71 words]: When the Mormons were driven out of Illinois and Missouri, they did not have the funds to afford a great migration. So Brigham Young came up with the idea of moving them west to Deseret (Utah) in handcarts. The migration was long and difficult and encountered many tragedies; that Mormonism survived the ordeal is a credit to the determination of those who followed the trail. On balance, though, it was a very bad idea. - RBW
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