Collected Leonard J Arrington Mormon History Lectures by Usu Special Collections Special

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The 1st ten lectures in Leonard J. Arrington Mormon historical past Lecture sequence are the following gathered in a single quantity for the 1st time. The sequence, demonstrated by way of one of many twentieth-century West’s such a lot special historians, Leonard Arrington, has develop into a number one discussion board for trendy historians to deal with subject matters relating to Mormon historical past. the 1st lecturer used to be Arrington himself. He used to be by way of Richard Lyman Bushman, Richard E. Bennett, Howard R. Lamar, Claudia L. Bushman, Kenneth W. Godfrey, Jan Shipps, Donald Worster, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and F. Ross Peterson. Utah kingdom collage hosts the Leonard J. Arrington Mormon historical past Lecture sequence. The collage Libraries’ targeted Collections and files homes the Arrington assortment. The state’s land supply collage begun gathering documents very early, and within the Nineteen Sixties turned an important depository for Utah and Mormon files.

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Now I am returning to Joseph Smith at the suggestion of Ron Esplin, Leonard’s successor at the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute. The Institute’s staff saw the need for a biography that would both develop Joseph Smith’s religious thought and give more credence to his spiritual influence on his followers, and they asked me to take on the assignment. Although I am just starting the research and have little to report so far, I want to give you an idea of my general perspective. I am writing a cultural biography of Joseph Smith that will be akin to the studies of literary scholars who situate their texts, as they say, in the culture of a period.

For four years after the Indian treaty in 1833, the city boomed. Population leaped from four hundred to four thousand, and land prices rose proportionately. Plans were laid out for a canal and a railroad, and 46 Arrington Mormon History Lectures the city was on its way. Then the Panic of 1837 stopped development in its tracks, and for the next seven years while Nauvoo was growing, Chicago stood still. Only when the saints were about to leave Illinois for the West did confidence return to Chicago.

37 Making Space for the Mormons the city, each family’s brick or stone house stood on a half acre of land with a grove in front—planted according to individual taste, the instructions said—and gardens in back. Barns and stables lay outside the city where the farmland began. Farmers would live in the city and go out each day to work. All together the city contained 2,600 lots, and the instructions in the margins set the population at fifteen to twenty thousand. ”2 Mormon space, then, consisted of these two elements: first, the convert population streaming along the lines of gathering from all over the globe, and second, the central city of Zion where the saints settled or were distributed to similar cities plotted on the broader Zion landscape.

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