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“We are now going to the Lamanites, to whom we intend to be messengers of instruction … We will show them that in consequence of their transgressions a curse has been inflicted upon them—in the darkness of their skins. We will have intermarriages with them, they marrying our young women, and we taking their young squaws to wife. By these means it is the will of the Lord that the curse of their color shall be removed and they restored to their pristine beauty …”

Brigham Young, Quoted in William Hall’s The Abominations of Mormonism Exposed (Cincinnati, OH: I. Hart & Co., 1852), 58-59.