Mormonism
American Studies October 1, 2020

Terrible Revolution

Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalypse

Christopher James Blythe

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In Terrible Revolution: Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalypse (Oxford UP, 2020), Christopher James Blythe examines apocalypticism across the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, particularly …

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American Studies September 1, 2020

The Writings of Oliver Olney

April 1842 to February 1843-Nauvoo, Illinois

Richard G. Moore

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Oliver H. Olney, an early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fled to Nauvoo, Illinois, following persecution in Missouri. In Nauvoo, Olney became disgruntled with church …
American Studies August 5, 2020

Breakaway Americas

The Unmanifest Future of Jacksonian America

Thomas Richards Jr.

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In Breakaway Americas: The Unmanifest Future of Jacksonian America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020), Thomas Richards Jr., a history teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, argues that the map of …
American Studies August 5, 2020

Joseph Smith's Translation

The Words and Worlds of Early Mormonism

Samuel Morris Brown

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Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith, claimed to have translated ancient scriptures. He dictated an American Bible from metal plates reportedly buried by ancient Jews in a nearby hill, and produced an …
American Studies June 23, 2020

Storming the Nation

The Unknown Contributions of Joseph Smith’s Political Missionaries

Derek R. Sainsbury

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Derek R. Sainsbury's, Storming the Nation: The Unknown Contributions of Joseph Smith’s Political Missionaries (BYU RSC, 2020), uncovers the significant but previously unknown contributions of the electioneers who advocated for …
American Studies June 17, 2020

Writing Mormon History

Historians and Their Books

Joe Geisner

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Every great book has a great backstory. In Joe Geisner’s new edited work, Writing Mormon History: Historians and Their Books (Signature Books, 2020), well-known historians describe their journeys of writing …
American Studies January 27, 2020

Return to the City of Joseph

Modern Mormonism’s Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo

Scott C. Esplin

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In the mid-twentieth century, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) returned to Nauvoo, Illinois, home to the thriving religious community led by Joseph Smith before his murder …
American Studies September 17, 2019

A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Larry E. Morris

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The story of the creation of the Book of Mormon has been told many times, and often ridiculed. A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon (Oxford University Press, 2019) …
American West July 8, 2019

Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley

A Mormon Ulysses of the American West

Melvin C. Johnson

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Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West (Greg Kofford Books, 2019) narrates the wide-ranging life of John Hawley’s search for an authentic Mormon …
American Studies June 12, 2019

Confidence Amid Change

The Presidential Diaries of David O. McKay, 1951-1970

Harvard S. Heath

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The diaries of the ninth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are a collaboration between David O. McKay and his long-time secretary Clare Middlemiss. During the …
African American Studies May 21, 2019

Your Sister in the Gospel

The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon

Quincy D. Newell

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"Dear Brother," Jane Manning James wrote to Joseph F. Smith in 1903, "I take this opportunity of writing to ask you if I can get my endowments and also finish …
American Studies April 23, 2019

Healing the Breach

Mormonism, Metaphors, and the Pieces of the Puzzle

Patrick S. McKay

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Patrick S. McKay, an apostle of the Joint Conference of Restoration Branches, believes that the Latter Day Saint movement is fractured. But one day soon, he hopes, that will change …
Literary Studies April 8, 2019

The New Testament

A Translation for Latter-day Saints

Thomas A. Wayment

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Dr. Thomas A. Wayment, professor of Classics at Brigham Young University, has done something remarkable — he has retranslated the New Testament. This new translation from the best available Greek …
American Studies March 29, 2019

We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout

The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps

Bruce Van Orden

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If you’re a Latter Day Saint, you’ve probably heard of W. W. Phelps, and no doubt, you’ve probably sung some of his hymns. But did you know that he printed …
American Studies February 22, 2019

The Joseph Smith Papers

Documents, Volume 7

Matthew C. Godfrey et al., eds.

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Joseph Smith, the nineteenth-century American prophet who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, can, at times, be considered an elusive historical figure. There were many forces that …