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Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History

Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History
A Book

by Gregory A. Prince

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016
  • Pages : 540
  • ISBN : 9781607814795
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The most comprehensive biography of Leonard Arrington to date--a story of scholarship and controversy

Adventures of a Church Historian

Adventures of a Church Historian
A Book

by Leonard J. Arrington

  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 249
  • ISBN : 9780252023811
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Adventures of a Church Historian details how Leonard J. Arrington opened up archival resources and presided, for a time, over an unprecedented era of enlightenment as he and those working under his aegis produced path-breaking works of Mormon scholarship. Arrington was the first professional historian and the first noncentral authority to serve as church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a position he held from 1972 to 1982. Arrington's church appointment came at a crucial point in LDS history, when the institution was being transformed from a regional church whose ecclesiastical hierarchy directly presided over its congregants into a modern, worldwide church with an elaborate bureaucracy. His description of conducting research in the LDS Church Archives in the days of Elder Joseph Fielding Smith and Brother A. Will Lund provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the LDS First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Riveting chapters on the actions of the controversial Historical Department reveal details of Arrington's release and replacement as the old system gave way to the new.

Leonard J. Arrington

Leonard J. Arrington
A Historian's Life

by Gary Topping

  • Publisher : Arthur H Clark
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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One of the foremost American historians of his generation, Leonard J. Arrington (1913-1999) revolutionized the writing of Mormon history. Through the publication of his groundbreaking Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, as well as numerous other publications, he established the dominant interpretation of the Mormon experience. Yet until now, there has been little analysis of his contribution to western history. Focusing on Arrington’s intellectual career, Gary Topping examines the facets of Arrington’s life that influenced his historical ideas: how his Idaho farm background shaped his values and interests, and how his nontraditional upbringing differed from that of other young Mormons. Topping also offers a critical evaluation and major new interpretation of Arrington’s works that will likely spark controversy in the scholarly community. Topping re-examines Arrington’s role in founding and promoting what is known as the New Mormon History. Arrington has been criticized for relying on the assistance of numerous staff members in the church’s History Division, but Topping shows this collaborative approach to have been in keeping with the cooperative spirit of Mormonism. Yet, as Topping relates, Arrington’s efforts to make archival material more accessible to the public were undermined by the more conservative wing of the church hierarchy, which released him from his position as Church Historian in 1982. Both an engaging biography and a sharp appraisal of Arrington’s methods and interpretive work, Topping’s book expands on Arrington’s own autobiography by offering the first thorough analysis of his contributions.

Faith Crisis, Volume 2: Behind Closed Doors

Faith Crisis, Volume 2: Behind Closed Doors
Leonard Arrington and the Progressive Rewriting of Latter-day Saint History

by L. Hannah Stoddard,James F. Stoddard

  • Publisher : Joseph Smith Foundation
  • Release : 2020-10-05
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1636849644
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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During the 20th century, an organized objective to rewrite Latter-day Saint history from within, unbeknownst to the general Church membership, went head to head behind the scenes with traditional leaders of the Church. Meet the main players of this conflict: Leonard Arrington—progressive “Father of New Mormon History,” Ezra Taft Benson—traditionalist defender, and many other advocates of traditionalist and progressive Latter-day Saint history. As traditionalists and progressives sparred during the 1970s-1980s, a covert cold war commenced in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the progressives spying on the traditionalists, and the traditionalists spying on the progressives. Secret informants, leaked documents, falsified reports, and even employed pseudonyms—all were part of this struggle to dominate Latter-day Saint history. But how did, and does, this secret conflict affect you? Progressives, working in the Church History Department and at Brigham Young University, claimed 40 years ago that it would take a generation to re-educate the Church. Where are we now in that re-education?

Reflections of a Mormon Historian

Reflections of a Mormon Historian
Leonard J. Arrington on the New Mormon History

by Leonard J. Arrington

  • Publisher : Arthur H Clark
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For more than a century the history of the American Frontier, particularly the West, has been the speciality of the Arthur H. Clark Company. We publish new books, both interpretive and documentary, in small, high-quality editions for the collector, researcher, and library.

Faith Crisis, Volume 1: We Were NOT Betrayed!

Faith Crisis, Volume 1: We Were NOT Betrayed!
Answering, "Did the LDS Church Lie?"

by L. Hannah Stoddard,James F. Stoddard III

  • Publisher : Joseph Smith Foundation
  • Release : 2020-04-06
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1648263003
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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After working with thousands of struggling members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over many years, the authors decided to write a book offering hope and answers for those struggling with faith crisis. Unbeknownst to the general Church membership, the 20th century would witness an organized effort to rewrite Latter-day Saint history from within its own ranks. In a head-to-head, behind-the-scenes-battle, traditional leaders resisted intellectual progressives working in the Church History Department and at BYU, who claimed some forty years ago that it would take a generation to re-educate the Church membership. Where are we in this attempted re-education? What is the New Mormon History, and how does it personally affect you and your family? Join us as we explore newly-available diaries, review old books, and bring untold history into the light! Progressives claim the Church covered up its history for nearly 200 years. Is the current faith crisis stemming from unmasked history . . . or new interpretations? Why did New Mormon Historians insist Hofmann’s forgeries were legitimate, even when investigators provided convincing evidence to them of the hoax? How did Bruce R. McConkie know Hofmann’s Joseph Smith III blessing was a fake, despite authentication by document experts and pressure by historians calling him “incompetent” for questioning? Who were the “Swearing Elders”? How did this group of progressive Latter-day Saints reshape the identity of Mormonism? Why did Carol Lynn Pearson and Leonard Arrington share cards that read, “History is on our side—as long as we can control the historians?” Leonard Arrington shared that an “invisible higher power” commissioned him to rewrite or reconstruct our dominant narrative of the Restoration. Did God want our history changed? Why did Leonard Arrington say the First Vision, Nephites and gold plates were part of the Mormon “myth”? Why did Leonard Arrington note that if he were honest about his beliefs, “not many” Latter-day Saints would “want [him] to teach their children”? How did this affect his career as Church Historian and later at BYU? Progressives, working in the Church History Department and at BYU, claimed 40 years ago it would take a generation to re-educate the Church. Where are we in this re-education? “The research and findings in this volume are truly history altering. Using newly released documents, combined with deep knowledge of Church History, the Stoddards are bringing to light what could be termed a “soft coup d’état” of the Church’s scriptures and prophets by progressive historians, bent on altering its history. Hold tight to your faith in the history held by the church for over 150 years and the teachings of our prophets as you discover how deep this attempted takeover has infiltrated, and altered, our sacred history.” (Rod Meldrum, researcher, best-selling Latter-day Saint author, & international lecturer) “Years ago, we stopped going to church. Suddenly, God awakened me and brought me back into the fold. As I hungered and learned more about the restoration, it was upsetting to hear things being said about Joseph that I KNEW were not true. I hit a major faith crisis. Right as I was about to leave the church and follow another sect that follows the teachings of the Book of Mormon, I read the Stoddard’s Faith Crisis book. This book, along with promptings and teachings from the spirit helped me navigate through many questions. This book only helped grow my testimony of the truthfulness of the restoration of the gospel and of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I now stand strong in the Faith and know that I am in the only true church. I’m so thankful for the Joseph Smith Foundation and the many hours put in toward helping others stay strong in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!” (Latter-day Saint mother of six)

Sister Saints

Sister Saints
Mormon Women Since the End of Polygamy

by Colleen McDannell

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release : 2018
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN : 0190221313
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The specter of polygamy haunts Mormonism. More than a century after the practice was banned, it casts a long shadow that obscures people's perceptions of the lives of today's Latter-day Saint women. Many still see them as second-class citizens, oppressed by the church and their husbands, and forced to stay home and take care of their many children. Sister Saints offers a history of modern Mormon women that takes aim at these stereotypes, showing that their stories are much more complex than previously thought. Women in the Utah territory received the right to vote in 1870-fifty years before the nineteenth amendment-only to have it taken away by the same federal legislation that forced the end of polygamy. Progressive and politically active, Mormon women had a profound impact on public life in the first few decades of the twentieth century. They then turned inward, creating a domestic ideal that shaped Mormon culture for generations. The women's movement of the 1970s sparked a new, vigorous-and hotly contested-Mormon feminism that divided Latter-day Saint women. By the twenty-first century more than half of all Mormons lived outside the United States, and what had once been a small community of pioneer women had grown into a diverse global sisterhood. Colleen McDannell argues that we are on the verge of an era in which women are likely to play a greater role in the Mormon church. Well-educated, outspoken, and deeply committed to their faith, these women are defying labels like liberal and conservative, traditional and modern. This deeply researched and eye-opening book ranges over more than a century of history to tell the stories of extraordinary-and ordinary-Latter-day Saint women with empathy and narrative flair.

Mormons and Their Historians

Mormons and Their Historians
A Book

by Davis Bitton,Leonard J. Arrington

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1988
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mormon History

Mormon History
A Book

by Ronald Warren Walker,David J. Whittaker,James B. Allen

  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release : 2001
  • Pages : 279
  • ISBN : 9780252026195
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, Volume 22 (2016)

Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, Volume 22 (2016)

by Daniel C. Peterson

  • Publisher : The Interpreter Foundation
  • Release : 2017-01-22
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN : 1542714427
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is volume 22 of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published by The Interpreter Foundation. It contains articles on a variety of topics including: "The Small Voice," "The Changing Forms of the Latter-day Saint Sacrament," "Assessing the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Introduction to the Historiography of their Acquisitions, Translations, and Interpretations," "'Creator of the First Day': The Glossing of Lord of Sabaoth in D&C 95:7," "Nephi’s Use of Inverted Parallels," "Reclaiming Jacob," "On the Dating of Moroni 8-9," "The Parable of the Benevolent Father and Son," "'Arise from the Dust': Insights from Dust-Related Themes in the Book of Mormon (Part 1: Tracks from the Book of Moses)," "'Arise from the Dust': Insights from Dust-Related Themes in the Book of Mormon (Part 2: Enthronement, Resurrection, and Other Ancient Motifs from the “Voice from the Dust”)," "Reading 1 Nephi With Wisdom," and "'Arise from the Dust': Insights from Dust-Related Themes in the Book of Mormon (Part 3: Dusting Off a Famous Chiasmus, Alma 36)."

The Mormon Experience

The Mormon Experience
A History of the Latter-Day Saints

by Leonard J. Arrington,Davis Bitton

  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release : 1992
  • Pages : 414
  • ISBN : 9780252062360
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The best history of the Latter-Day Saints addressed to a general audience now includes a new preface, an epilogue, and a bibliographical afterword. This is without a doubt the definitive Mormon history.--Library Journal.

Historical Dictionary of the Latter-day Saints

Historical Dictionary of the Latter-day Saints
A Book

by Thomas G. Alexander,Davis Bitton

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2019-10-08
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN : 1538120720
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of the Latter-day Saints contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries on the important people, ideas, doctrine, and events during the 190 year history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender

The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender
A Book

by Taylor G. Petrey,Amy Hoyt

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-05-13
  • Pages : 628
  • ISBN : 1351181580
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender is an outstanding reference source to this controversial subject area. Since its founding in 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has engaged gender in surprising ways. LDS practice of polygamy in the nineteenth century both fueled rhetoric of patriarchal rule as well as gave polygamous wives greater autonomy than their monogamous peers. The tensions over women’s autonomy continued after polygamy was abandoned and defined much of the twentieth century. In the 1970s, 1990s, and 2010s, Mormon feminists came into direct confrontation with the male Mormon hierarchy. These public clashes produced some reforms, but fell short of accomplishing full equality. LGBT Mormons have a similar history. These movements are part of the larger story of how Mormonism has managed changing gender norms in a global context. Comprising over forty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into four parts: • Methodological issues • Historical approaches • Social scientific approaches • Theological approaches. These sections examine central issues, debates, and problems, including: agency, feminism, sexuality and sexual ethics, masculinity, queer studies, plural marriage, homosexuality, race, scripture, gender and the priesthood, the family, sexual violence, and identity. The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, gender studies, and women’s studies. The Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as cultural studies, politics, anthropology, and sociology.

Great Basin Kingdom

Great Basin Kingdom
An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900

by Leonard J. Arrington

  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 534
  • ISBN : 9780252072833
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Leonard Arrington, who died in 1999, is considered by most, if not all, serious scholars of Mormon and western history as the single most important figure to write on LDS history. Great Basin Kingdom is perhaps his greatest work. A classic in Mormon studies and western history, Great Basin Kingdom offers insights into the 'underdeveloped' American economy, a comprehensive treatment of one of the few native American religious movements, and detailed, exciting stories from little-known phases of Mormon and American history. This edition includes thirty new pictures and an introduction by Ronald W. Walker that provides a brief biography of Arrington, as well as the history of the work, its place in Mormon and western historiography, and its lasting impact.

Mormon Women’s History

Mormon Women’s History
Beyond Biography

by Rachel Cope,Amy Easton-Flake,Keith A. Erekson,Lisa Olsen Tait

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2017-11-29
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 1611479657
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Mormon Women’s History: Beyond Biography demonstrates that the history and experience of Mormon women is central to the history of Mormonism and to histories of American religion, politics, and culture. Yet the study of Mormon women has mostly been confined to biographies, family histories, and women’s periodicals. The contributors to Mormon Women’s History engage the vast breadth of sources left by Mormon women—journals, diaries, letters, family histories, and periodicals as well as art, poetry, material culture, theological treatises, and genealogical records—to read between the lines, reconstruct connections, recover voices, reveal meanings, and recast stories. Mormon Women’s History presents women as incredibly inter-connected. Familial ties of kinship are multiplied and stretched through the practice and memory of polygamy, social ties of community are overlaid with ancestral ethnic connections and local congregational assignments, fictive ties are woven through shared interests and collective memories of violence and trauma. Conversion to a new faith community unites and exposes the differences among Native Americans, Yankees, and Scandinavians. Lived experiences of marriage, motherhood, death, mourning, and widowhood are played out within contexts of expulsion and exile, rape and violence, transnational immigration, establishing “civilization” in a wilderness, and missionizing both to new neighbors and far away peoples. Gender defines, limits, and opens opportunities for private expression, public discourse, and popular culture. Cultural prejudices collide with doctrinal imperatives against backdrops of changing social norms, emerging professional identities, and developing ritualization and sacralization of lived religion. The stories, experiences, and examples explored in Mormon Women’s History are neither comprehensive nor conclusive, but rather suggestive of the ways that Mormon women’s history can move beyond individual lives to enhance and inform larger historical narratives.

First Vision

First Vision
Memory and Mormon Origins

by Steven C. Harper

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2019-07-15
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0199329486
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the biography of a contested memory, how it was born, grew, changed the world, and was changed by it. It's the story of the story of how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began. Joseph Smith, the church's founder, remembered that his first audible prayer, uttered in spring of 1820 when he was about fourteen, was answered with a vision of heavenly beings. Appearing to the boy in the woods near his parents' home in western New York State, they told Smith that he was forgiven and warned him that Christianity had gone astray. Smith created a rich and controversial historical record by narrating and documenting this event repeatedly. In First Vision, Steven C. Harper shows how Latter-day Saints (beginning with Joseph Smith) and others have remembered this experience and rendered it meaningful. When and why and how did Joseph Smith's first vision, as saints know the event, become their seminal story? What challenges did it face along the way? What changes did it undergo as a result? Can it possibly hold its privileged position against the tides of doubt and disbelief, memory studies, and source criticism-all in the information age? Steven C. Harper tells the story of how Latter-day Saints forgot and then remembered accounts of Smith's experience and how Smith's 1838 account was redacted and canonized. He explores the dissonance many saints experienced after discovering multiple accounts of Smith's experience. He describes how, for many, the dissonance has been resolved by a reshaped collective memory.

Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia

Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia
A Historical Encyclopedia

by W. Paul Reeve,Ardis E. Parshall

  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2010-08-13
  • Pages : 449
  • ISBN : 1598841084
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Covering its historic development, important individuals, and central ideas and issues, this encyclopedia offers broad historical coverage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. • 140 entries on individuals, places, events, and issues • An overview section of six essays tracing the history of Mormonism from Joseph Smith's vision to years of global expansion that began in the mid-20th century • 50 contributors who are among the world's foremost scholars on the Mormon religion and its history • A chronology of Mormonism from its beginnings in upstate New York to its current status as a globalized church headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah • A bibliography of the latest scholarship on Mormon history

Writing Mormon History: Historians and Their Books

Writing Mormon History: Historians and Their Books
A Book

by Joseph Geisner

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN : 9781560852827
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Every great book has a great backstory. Here well-known historians describe their journeys of writing books that have influenced our understanding of the Mormon past, offering an unprecedented glimpse into why they wrote these important works. Writing Mormon History is a must-read for historians, students of history, scholars, and aspiring authors. The volume's contributors are Polly Aird, Will Bagley, Todd Compton, Brian Hales, Melvin Johnson, William MacKinnon, Linda King Newell, Gregory Prince, D. Michael Quinn, Craig Smith, George D. Smith, Vickie Cleverley Speek, Susan Staker, Daniel Stone, and John Turner. The majority of the essays appear here for the first time.

The Mormon Image in the American Mind

The Mormon Image in the American Mind
Fifty Years of Public Perception

by J.B. Haws

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2013-11-01
  • Pages : 424
  • ISBN : 0199374945
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Winner of the Mormon History Association Best Book Award What do Americans really think about Mormons, and why? Through a fascinating survey of Mormon encounters with the media, including such personalities and events as the Osmonds, the Olympics, the Tabernacle Choir, evangelical Christians, the Equal Rights Amendment, Sports Illustrated, and even Miss America, J.B. Haws reveals the dramatic transformation of the American public's understanding of Mormons in the past half-century. When the Mormon George Romney, former governor of Michigan, ran for president in 1968, he was admired for his personal piety and characterized as "a kind of political Billy Graham." When George's son Mitt ran in 2008, a widely distributed email told hundreds of thousands of Christians that a vote for Mitt Romney was a vote for Satan. What had changed in the intervening four decades? Why were the theology of the Latter-day Saints and their "Christian" status mostly nonissues in 1968 but so hotly contested in 2008? For years, the American perception of Mormonism has been torn between admiration for individual Mormons-seen as friendly, hard-working, and family-oriented-and ambivalence toward institutional Mormonism-allegedly secretive, authoritarian, and weird. The Mormon Image in the American Mind offers vital insight into the complex shifts in public perception of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its members, and its place in American society.

Confessions of a Mormon Historian

Confessions of a Mormon Historian
The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1999

by Leonard J. Arrington,Gary J. Bergera

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2018-03-15
  • Pages : 2500
  • ISBN : 9781560852469
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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