Part 1: The American Religious Landscape Introduction / Reid L. Neilson 1. The Free Seekers: Religious Culture in Upstate New York, 1790-1835 / Alan Taylor 2. Prophets in America ca. 1830: Emerson, Nat Turner, Joseph Smith / Richard H. Brodhead 3. Historical Reflections on Mormon Futures / Stephen J. Stein 4. Mormon Women and the Problem of Historical Agency / Catherine A. Brekus 5. Mormons, Freethinkers, and the Limits of Toleration / Leigh Schmidt
Part 2: The Creation of Mormon Identities Introduction / Matthew J. Grow 6. The Construction of the Mormon People / Charles L. Cohen 7. Becoming Mormon / Elliott West 8. "Faith in the Religion of Their Fathers": Passing Mormonism from One Generation to the Next / Randall Balmer
Part 3: The Study of Western Histories Introduction / Matthew J. Grow 9. What the Mormon Cultural Landscape Can Teach Us / Dell Upton 10. Thoughts from the Farther West: Mormons, California, and the Civil War / William Deverell 11. The Mormons and America's Empires / Walter Nugent 12. Mormon Stories: A Librarian's Perspective / George A. Miles
Part 4. The Study of Global Religions Introduction / Reid L. Neilson 13. The Latter-day Saints, the Doughnut, and Post-Christian Canada / David B. Marshall 14. Letting Go: Understanding Mormon Growth in Africa / Philip Jenkins 15. "Would That All God's People Were Prophets": Mormonism and the New Shape of Global Christianity / Jehu J. Hanciles
This book contains fifteen essays, each first presented as the annual Tanner Lecture at the conference of the Mormon History Association by a leading scholar. Renowned in their own specialties but relatively new to the study of Mormon history at the time of their lectures, these scholars approach Mormon history from a wide variety of perspectives, including such concerns as gender, identity creation, and globalization.
Several of these essays place Mormon history within the currents of American religious history--for example, by placing Joseph Smith and other Latter-day Saints in conversation with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nat Turner, fellow millenarians, and freethinkers. Other essays explore the creation of Mormon identities, demonstrating how Mormons created a unique sense of themselves as a distinct people. Historians of the American West examine Mormon connections with American imperialism, the Civil War, and the wider cultural landscape. Finally the essayists look at continuing Latter-day Saint growth around the world, within the context of the study of global religions. Examining Mormon history from an outsider's perspective, the essays presented in this volume ask intriguing questions, share fresh insights and perspectives, analyze familiar sources in unexpected ways, and situate research on the Mormon past within broader scholarly debates.
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