Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History

Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History
Author: Gregory A. Prince
Release: 2016
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 540
ISBN: 160781479X
Language: en
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The most comprehensive biography of Leonard Arrington to date--a story of scholarship and controversy

Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History

Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History
Author: Gregory A. Prince
Release: 2016
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1607814803
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Adventures of a Church Historian

Adventures of a Church Historian
Author: Leonard J. Arrington
Release: 1998
Editor: University of Illinois Press
Pages: 278
ISBN: 0252023811
Language: en
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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.

Brigham Young

Brigham Young
Author: Leonard J. Arrington
Release: 2012-06-12
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 562
ISBN: 9780345803214
Language: en
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Brigham Young comes to life in this superlative biography that presents him as a Mormon leader, a business genius, a family man, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on a vast range of sources, including documents, personal diaries, and private correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings Young to life as a towering yet fully human figure, the remarkable captain of his people and his church for thirty years, who combined piety and the pursuit of power to leave an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the culture of the Western frontier. From polygamy to the Mountain Meadows Massacre to the attempted preservation of Young’s Great Basin Kingdom, we are given a fresh understanding of the controversies that plagued Young in his contentious relations with the federal government. Brigham Young draws its subject out of the marginal place in history to which the conventional wisdom has assigned him, and sets him squarely in the American mainstream, a figure of abiding influence in our society to this day.

David O McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

David O  McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism
Author: Gregory A. Prince,William Robert Wright,Wm Wright
Release: 2005
Editor: University of Utah Press
Pages: 545
ISBN: 9780874808223
Language: en
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Focuses primarily on the years of McKay's presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during some of the most turbulent times in American and world history.

Reflections of a Mormon Historian

Reflections of a Mormon Historian
Author: Leonard J. Arrington
Release: 2006
Editor: Arthur H Clark
Pages: 360
ISBN: STANFORD:36105131618741
Language: en
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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.

No Man Knows My History

No Man Knows My History
Author: Fawn M. Brodie
Release: 1995-08-01
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 577
ISBN: 9780679730545
Language: en
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The first paperback edition of the classic biography of the founder of the Mormon church, this book attempts to answer the questions that continue to surround Joseph Smith. Was he a genuine prophet, or a gifted fabulist who became enthralled by the products of his imagination and ended up being martyred for them? 24 pages of photos. Map.

History of Idaho

History of Idaho
Author: Leonard J. Arrington
Release: 1994
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 406
ISBN: UVA:X002442900
Language: en
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Mormonism in Transition

Mormonism in Transition
Author: Thomas G. Alexander
Release: 1996
Editor: University of Illinois Press
Pages: 444
ISBN: 0252065786
Language: en
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A classic study of an influential American religion....Provides both the specialist in religion and the general reader with a thoughtful history of this complex religion.

A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon
Author: Anonim
Release: 2019-01-09
Editor: Oxford University Press
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780190699116
Language: en
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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 presents and examines the primary sources surrounding the origin of the foundational text of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the most successful new religion of modern times. The scores of documents transcribed and annotated in this book include family histories, journal entries, letters, affidavits, reminiscences, interviews, newspaper articles, and book extracts, as well as revelations dictated in the name of God. From these texts emerges the captivating story of what happened (and what was believed or rumored to have happened) between September 1823-when the seventeen-year-old farm boy Joseph Smith announced that an angel of God had directed him to an ancient book inscribed on gold plates-and March 1830, when the Book of Mormon was first published. By compiling for the first time a substantial collection of both first- and secondhand accounts relevant to the inception of the divine revelation-or clever fraud-that launched a new world religion, A Documentary History makes a significant contribution to the rapidly growing field of Mormon Studies.

Power from on High

Power from on High
Author: Gregory A. Prince
Release: 1995
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 231
ISBN: WISC:89066455627
Language: en
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Authority and priesthood were concepts that developed gradually in Mormon theology, not as thunderbolts but as ideas that acquired meaning and momentum over time. Acting initially on the basis of implied leadership, Joseph Smith moved toward explicit angelic authority and an increasingly defined structure drawn from biblical models. All the while the structure of higher and lower priesthoods fluctuated in response to pragmatic needs. Priests were needed to perform ordinances, teachers to lead congregations, bishops to manage church assets, and elders to proselytize-responsibilities which would be redistributed repeatedly throughout Smith's fourteen-year ministry. Gregory Prince charts these developments with impressive interpretative skill. Besides the obvious historical significance, he underscores the implications for current Mormon governance. For instance, where innovations have characterized the past, one need not be bound by custom or surprised when church leaders instigate change.

Wrestling the Angel

Wrestling the Angel
Author: Terryl Givens
Release: 2015
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 423
ISBN: 9780199794928
Language: en
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"Wrestling the Angel, Vol. I is the first in a two part study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, situated in the context of an overview of the Christian tradition. The book traces the essential contours of Mormon thought as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Terryl L. Givens, one of the nation's foremost Mormon scholars, offers a sweeping account of the history of Mormon belief, revealing that Mormonism is a tradition still very much in the process of formation."--Provided by the publisher.

Faithful History

Faithful History
Author: George Dempster Smith
Release: 1992
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 314
ISBN: WISC:89067401562
Language: en
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Over the past decade, Mormon history has undergone a transformation as LDS scholars have debated how their church's story should be written. New Mormon Historians distinguish between what they believe is verifiable and what they suspect may be folklore, and they approach history from a variety of different academic and social perspectives. Mormonism has also become of interest to non-LDS scholars. This raises the question of whether outsiders can truly understand Mormons, and conversely whether insiders can achieve enough detachment to see themselves objectively, or whether this is even desirable. Does history have an inherent meaning beyond the scholar's particular viewpoint, and should a writer strive to understand another person's perspective, or is one's own subjective vantage all that is possible and ultimately what is important? The new Mormon traditionalists contend that objectivity is, in fact, impossible and that history is written with certain pre-understandings; also, that some viewpoints are superior based on spiritual insight, including a belief in God and in Joseph Smith as the prophet, and that one should not impassively report examples of faith but should actively promote them. In this compilation, the editor has assembled sixteen essays which represent all sides of this ongoing discussion.

Faith Crisis Volume 2 Behind Closed Doors

Faith Crisis  Volume 2  Behind Closed Doors
Author: L. Hannah Stoddard,James F. Stoddard
Release: 2020-10-05
Editor: Joseph Smith Foundation
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781636849645
Language: en
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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?

American Crucifixion

American Crucifixion
Author: Alex Beam
Release: 2014-04-22
Editor: PublicAffairs
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781610393140
Language: en
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On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage, Illinois. Clamorous and angry, they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise quiet lives: the founding prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith. They wanted blood. At thirty-nine years old, Smith had already lived an outsized life. In addition to starting his own religion and creating his own "Golden Bible”--the Book of Mormon--he had worked as a water-dowser and treasure hunter. He’d led his people to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illinois, where he founded a city larger than fledgling Chicago. He was running for president. And, secretly, he had married more than thirty women. In American Crucifixion, Alex Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy: How his most seismic revelation--the doctrine of polygamy--created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how, ultimately, Smith could not escape the consequences of his ambition and pride. Mormonism is America’s largest and most enduring native religion, and the "martyrdom” of Joseph Smith is one of its transformational events. Smith’s brutal assassination propelled the Mormons to colonize the American West and claim their place in the mainstream of American history. American Crucifixion is a gripping story of scandal and violence, with deep roots in our national identity.

Writing Mormon History

Writing Mormon History
Author: Joseph Geisner
Release: 2020
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1560853816
Language: en
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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."--

Gay Rights and the Mormon Church

Gay Rights and the Mormon Church
Author: Gregory A. Prince
Release: 2019
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 416
ISBN: 1607816636
Language: en
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"The Mormon Church entered the public square on LGBT issues by joining forces with traditional-marriage proponents in Hawaii in 1993. Since then, the church has been a significant player in the ongoing saga of LGBT rights within the United States and at times has carried decisive political clout. Gregory Prince draws from over 50,000 pages of public records, private documents, and interview transcripts to capture, in detail hitherto unavailable, the past half-century of the Mormon Church's focus on homosexuality. Initially that principally involved only its own members, but with its entry into the Hawaiian political arena, the church signaled an intent to shape the outcome of the marriage equality battle. That involvement reached a peak in 2008 during California's fight over Proposition 8, which many came to call the "Mormon Proposition." The church's activism against gay rights has continually resulted in outcomes that it likely did not intend, including not only public backlash but also reactive court decisions and mass resignations of church members"--Provided by publisher.

The Mormon Hierarchy

The Mormon Hierarchy
Author: D. Michael Quinn
Release: 1994
Editor: Mormon Hierarchy
Pages: 728
ISBN: UOM:39015079238724
Language: en
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A Mormon historian traces the evolution of the Latter-day Saints' organizational structure from the original, egalitarian "priesthood of believers" to an elaborately hierarchical institution. Quinn also documents the alterations in the historical record which obscured these developments and analyzes the five presiding quorums of the LDS hierarchy.

Building the City of God

Building the City of God
Author: Leonard J. Arrington,Feramorz Y. Fox,Dean L. May
Release: 1992
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 528
ISBN: UOM:39015022283801
Language: en
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Leonard J Arrington

Leonard J  Arrington
Author: Gary Topping
Release: 2008
Editor: Arthur H Clark
Pages: 264
ISBN: UOM:39015079156363
Language: en
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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 groundbreakingGreat 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.