DESCRIPTION: "Oh, our faith goes with our handcarts, They have our hearts' best love; They're a novel way of traveling, Devised by God above, so sing Hurrah for the camp of Israel! Hurrah for the handcart scheme! Hurrah! hurrah! It's better far Than wagon or ox team."
EARLIEST DATE: 1945 (American Folklore 58)
KEYWORDS: religious travel
FOUND IN: US(Ro)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hubbard, #210, "Handcarts" (1 short text)
cf. "The Handcart Song" (subject)
NOTES: 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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