Cultures in Conflict; A Documentary History of the Mormon by John Hallwas, Visit Amazon's Roger D. Launius Page, search

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Now in paperback is that this award successful historical past of spiritual clash in early the US. Hallwas and Launius have compiled and written probably the most balanced and thorough money owed but of the occasions and situations that ended in the compelled Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois within the 1840s. They current an intensive number of ancient files (a variety of that have now not been released formerly) written via members and modern observers and introduce them with probing discussions of the motives that underlay the clash. Of specific situation to them are the function of contesting cultural myths and the connection of occasions and attitudes in Illinois to the bigger frontier and nationwide scene.

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Sharp and William N. Grover, were lawyers and later became well-respected judges. The Mormons, whose dichotomous myth was more fully rationalized and deeply held, were actually dependent upon their image of wicked, persecuting enemies for their very identity. Unless the followers of the Page 7 devil were at the gates, there was no purpose, no defining struggle for the righteous children of God. Hence, the Mormons preferred their mythic vision to the more complex, disturbing realitythat the dividing line of good and evil cut through their own hearts as well as those of their enemies.

Leonard, "Recent Writing on Mormon Nauvoo," Western Illinois Regional Studies 11 (Fall 1988): 69-93. 2. William V. , History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ed. B. H. , 1976), 3:269-71; and Mrs. Paul Selby, "Recollections of a Little Girl in the Forties," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 16 (1923-24): 168-69. An intriguing analysis of the development of the Mormon concept of the kingdom of God and its expression in Nauvoo can be found in Klaus J. Hansen, Quest for Empire: The Kingdom of God and the Council of Fifty in Mormon History (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1967; reprint, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1974), 72-89.

H. , History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ed. B. H. Roberts, 6 vols. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1902-12); a seventh volume was published in 1932, and the whole series was reprinted by Deseret Book Company in 1976 and reissued in paperback in 1978. Purportedly written by Joseph Smith, the History was edited by B. H. Roberts from various Mormon diaries, journals, and records. For a discussion of the work's compilation, see Dean C. Jessee, "The Writing of Joseph Smith's History," Brigham Young University Studies 11 (Spring 1971): 439-73; Dean C.

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