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 “Fomenting the Pot”: The Life of the Mind

Terryl C. Givens

in People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195167115
eISBN:
9780199785599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The 1930s and 40s saw an intellectual high point in Mormon history with B. H. Roberts, James E. Talmage, and John Widtsoe. Brigham Young University flourished, but intellectual freedom and academic ... More


Pioneering Westward

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

in Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In 1847, along with apostle John Taylor, Pratt led the first large Mormon wagon caravan to Utah following Brigham Young’s pioneer company. He clashed first with Young and then local ecclesiastical ... More


Brigham Young’s Romance with American Higher Education, 1867–1877

Thomas W. Simpson

in American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In the late 1860s, Mormons began knocking at the doors of American colleges and universities. Reversing the course of the westward-bound pioneer ancestors, these academic emigrants sought to retrieve ... More


Brigham Young and the Railroad Connection

David Walker

in Railroading Religion: Mormons, Tourists, and the Corporate Spirit of the West

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653204
eISBN:
9781469653228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653204.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter covers Brigham Young’s effort to aid and expedite the incorporation of railroads within Mormonism. A background of the Mormon land system, origins and precedents introduces the Plat of ... More


Gods in Subjection: Women, Polygamy, and the Eternity of Sex

Peter Coviello

in Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226474168
eISBN:
9780226474472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226474472.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter addresses the question of female embodiment in early Mormon theology, reading the writings and life-stories of a handful of early Mormon polygamous wives to ask if women, too, could be ... More


People Building, on Paper

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter argues that people building in Zion was literary as well as literal. Essential to the construction of the Lamanite was also the construction of the Indian, a character of violence and ... More


Before the Chicago World's Fair: Exhibiting Mormonism in America, 1830–1892

Reid L. Neilson

in Exhibiting Mormonism: The Latter-day Saints and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195384031
eISBN:
9780199918324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384031.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Church History

One could argue that LDS leaders and laity did not engage in orchestrated public relations efforts during most of the nineteenth century. But this does not mean that Mormons were unconcerned with ... More


Wards and Sovereigns: Deviance and Dominion in the Biopolitics of Secularism

Peter Coviello

in Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226474168
eISBN:
9780226474472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226474472.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter considers both the racializing delegitimation of the deviant (because polygamous) Mormons that followed them from the first, as well as the Mormons’ mixed responses to these assaults. It ... More


Isaac James, Wife and Children: (1847–ca. 1870)

Quincy D. Newell

in Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780199338665
eISBN:
9780190932176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199338665.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In Salt Lake, the Jameses initially worked for Brigham Young. Their family continued to grow, eventually including seven living children. The Utah Territorial Legislature passed “An Act in Relation ... More


People Building, on Bodies

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on the building up of Zion’s infrastructure and people, who were also under constructions, in Utah during Brigham Young’s tenure as leader of the church (1844–77). This people ... More


Prelude to Armageddon: James Buchanan, Brigham Young, and a President’s Initiation to Bloodshed

WILLIAM P. MACKINNON

in James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044262
eISBN:
9780813046242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044262.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter analyzes James Buchanan’s unexpected March 1857 decision to resolve “the Mormon problem”-Brigham Young’s autocratic and highly controversial performance as Utah Territory’s governor-by ... More


An American Exodus: Mormons and the Westward Trek

S. Scott Rohrer

in Wandering Souls: Protestant Migrations in America, 1630-1865

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833728
eISBN:
9781469604305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895870_rohrer.11
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines persecution's role in migration through the dramatic story of the Mormons, whose founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, was assassinated in an Illinois jail in 1844. It notes that ... More


Diversity and Development The Bible Moves West

Philip L. Barlow

in Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199739035
eISBN:
9780199345021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739035.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter asks how Mormon views of revelation developed in the second half of the nineteenth century by exploring the Bible's place in the contrasting thought of two men: Joseph Smith's successor, ... More


Black, White, and Mormon: Black and White Slavery

W. Paul Reeve

in Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199754076
eISBN:
9780190226282
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754076.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, History of Religion

This chapter considers the beginning of a race-based priesthood restriction within Mormonism and Brigham Young’s justifications. It offers the most thorough deconstruction to date of Young’s ... More


Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195375732
eISBN:
9780199918300
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In 1853, Parley P. Pratt mused that his personal history would be “far more strange” than “the thousand volumes of Modern Fiction.” He wrote, “I have been a farmer, a servant, a fisher, a digger, a ... More


The Image as Text and Context in Early Mormon History

Jeffrey G. Cannon

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

In “The Image as Text and Context in Early Mormon History,” Jeffrey G. Cannon examines the creation of images that capture aspects of the foundational period of Mormonism though made in subsequent ... More


Children of God and the Golden Age of Mormon Literature

Michael Austin

in Vardis Fisher: A Mormon Novelist

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780252044090
eISBN:
9780252053030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252044090.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on Children of God, Fisher’s 1939 epic novel of the Mormon migration that won the Harper Prize and reached #2 on the New York Times best seller list behind John Steinback’s ... More


The Mormon City in Decline

Scott C. Esplin

in Return to the City of Joseph: Modern Mormonism's Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042102
eISBN:
9780252050855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042102.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the preparation for and eventual abandonment of Nauvoo, Illinois, by the Mormons following the 1844 death of Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of ... More


The Death of Mormon Separatism in American Universities, 1877–1896

Thomas W. Simpson

in American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

By all accounts, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were critical for Mormonism's evolution and modernization. The rapidity of the change, however, leaves nagging questions. After ... More


We Got Along Splendid: (1844–1848)

Quincy D. Newell

in Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780199338665
eISBN:
9780190932176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199338665.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

After Joseph Smith’s death, Jane Manning worked for his successor, Brigham Young, and she married another black convert, Isaac James. When the Mormons left Nauvoo in 1846, Jane and Isaac James ... More


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