We are pleased to announce that Todd M. Compton, author of the recently-published A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary (winner of the 2013 Juanita Brooks Prize in Mormon Studies), will be at our store on Thursday, September 5, to speak about the book and sign copies. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and will begin speaking at 6:00. He will be available to sign and answer questions before and after his presentation. To RSVP for the event, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/514845248601913/. If you are not able to attend the event, we can mail a signed copy to you or hold one for pick-up.
Frontiersman, colonizer, missionary to the Indians, and explorer of the American West, Jacob Hamblin has long been one of the most enigmatic figures in Mormon history. In this defining biography, Todd Compton examines and disentangles many of the myths and controversies surrounding Hamblin. As a guide alongside John Wesley Powell, his Grand Canyon adventures and explorations are well documented, as are his roles as a missionary, cultural liaison, and negotiator to the Indian tribes of southern Utah and Arizona. Hamblin struggled in this latter role, sometimes unable to bridge the gulf between Mormonism and Indian culture. He disavowed violent conflict and ceaselessly sought peaceful resolutions where others resorted to punitive action. He strove above all for mutual understanding in the absence of conversion.
A Frontier Life provides a rich narrative that fleshes out a picture of a sometimes vilified figure, particularly in regard to his connection to the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre, where Compton provides nuanced discussion clarifying Hamblin’s post-massacre role—he was not present at the massacre, but reported on it to both Brigham Young and military investigators. Compton’s engagement with Mormon historiography and previous Hamblin portrayals will make this work of particular interest to both scholars and students. The casual reader will take pleasure in learning of a true pioneer who lived life at the geographical, cultural, and spiritual boundaries of his era. This dramatic, entertaining biography is a truly significant contribution to Mormon history. For a review by one of our staff, click here.
Todd M. Compton specializes in Mormon history and the classics and has published numerous articles and five books in these areas, including In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith and Fire and Sword: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Northern Missouri (coauthored with Leland H. Gentry).
**click on any of the books below to order on our website
A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary. University of Utah Press, 2013. Hardcover. 624 pp. $44.95.
Other Todd Compton titles available:
Fire and Sword: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Northern Missouri, 1836-39. Greg Kofford Books, 2011. Hardcover. $36.95.
In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith. Signature Books, 1997. Hardcover. $43.95.
A Widow’s Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (Life Writings of Frontier Women series), ed. w/ Charles M. Hatch. Utah State University Press, 2003. $44.95.
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