Reminder that Newell Bringhurst and Craig Foster, editors of the third and final volume in The Persistence of Polygamy series: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present(published by John Whitmer Books), will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, September 30. Also in attendance will be several contributors to the volume: Barbara Jones Brown, Marianne Watson, Brian Hales, Chris Blythe, Pat Scott, Eric Rogers, Shannon Spafford & possibly others. They will begin signing books at 5:30 PM and will speak at 6:00–they will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail signed copies or hold them here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
We are excited to announce that Newell Bringhurst and Craig Foster, editors of the third and final volume in The Persistence of Polygamy series: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present(published by John Whitmer Books), will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, September 30. Also in attendance will be several contributors to the volume: Barbara Jones Brown, Marianne Watson, Brian Hales, Chris Blythe, Pat Scott, Eric Rogers, Shannon Spafford & possibly others. They will begin signing books at 5:30 PM and will speak at 6:00–they will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail signed copies or hold them here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
In this third volume of The Persistence of Polygamy, Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster have assembled seventeen original essays that explore the fascinating history of plural marriage among fundamentalist Mormons—an enduring practice of The Principle. Fundamentalist Mormon polygamy emerged from LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff’s 1890 Manifesto, which ostensibly rescinded the practice of plural marriage among Mormons. This volume explores Mormon fundamentalism from several perspectives. Among the topics considered is the history of mainstream Latter-day Saint polygamy in Mexico, John Taylor’s controversial 1886 revelation implying the irrevocability of polygamy, and the rise of fundamentalist Mormon polygamy in the early twentieth century. Other essays provide carefully crafted portraits of fundamentalist Mormon leaders such as Joseph White Musser, Rulon C. Allred, Rulon T. Jeffs, and Warren S. Jeffs. Also discussed is the 1980s schism between the FLDS church and Centennial Park Community, the 2008 Texas raid on the FLDS YFZ Ranch, and modern media stereotyping of Mormon polygamy. Three essays provide personal perspectives on present-day polygamy: a recollection of growing up within a fundamentalist Mormon community, a reading of D&C 132 from a fundamentalist perspective, and an examination of descendants of early Mormon polygamists who embraced fundamentalism. Other areas of research include the changing style of fundamentalist clothing and hair styles, fundamentalist attitudes and practices affecting African-Americans, and the plural wives of fundamentalist Mormon leaders. The volume concludes with a bibliographical evaluation of relevant literature.
“This volume of The Persistence of Polygamy deploys seasoned historians and talented newcomers to unravel the inscrutabilities of modern day Mormon fundamentalism. Ranging from theology to personality, it provides both insider and scholarly views and will undoubtedly become to go-to volume on fundamentalist Mormonism.”
–Martha S. Bradley-Evans, coeditor of Plural Wife: The Life Story of Mabel Finlayson Allred
Newell G. Bringhurst is an independent scholar and professor emeritus at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. He is the author/editor of twelve books published since 1981. He served as president of both the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association.
Craig L. Foster is a research specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He has authored six books, four of these with Newell Bringhurst.
The Persistence of Polygamy: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present, ed. by Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster. John Whitmer Books, 2015. 631pp. Paperback–$44.95/Hardback–$59.95
Other volumes in the series:
The Persistence of Polygamy: Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormon Polygamy. John Whitmer Books, 2010. Paperback–$24.95/Hardback–$39.95
The Persistence of Polygamy: From Joseph Smith’s Martyrdom to the First Manifesto, 1844-1890. John Whitmer Books, 2014. Hardback. $39.95
Other Newell G. Bringhurst titles available:
Excavating Mormon Pasts: The New Historiography of the Last Half Century. Greg Kofford Books, 2012. Paperback. $31.95
Fawn McKay Brodie: A Biographer’s Life. University of Oklahoma Press, 1999. Reg. $29.95, SALE $7.99
Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism. John Whitmer Books, 2007. Paperback. $24.95
Other Craig Foster titles available:
A Different God? Mitt Romney, the Religious Right and the Mormon Question. Greg Kofford Books, 2008. Paperback. $24.95
Penny Tracts and Polemics: A Critical Analysis of Anti-Mormon Pamphleteering in Great Britain (1837-1860). Greg Kofford Books, 2002. Hardback. Reg. $39.95, SALE $19.99
Other Bringhurst/Foster titles available:
The Mormon Quest for the Presidency: From Joseph Smith to Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. John Whitmer Books, 2011. Paperback. $24.95
Shipping: Media mail (w/ tracking): $4.50 for the first book (inquire for rates on additional books). Priority, FedEx, UPS options available—inquire for details. Utah residents: add 7.05% sales tax.
We’ve posted the video from our event with Royal Skousen and Robin Jensen. To watch it, click our Events tab above or click here. If you couldn’t make it, we do still have signed copies of Parts 1 & 2 of The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3.
We are excited to announce a unique author event! Our longtime friend Devery S. Anderson has recently published a nationally-acclaimed biography: Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement (published by the University Press of Mississippi), with foreword by Julian Bond. Devery will be here on Wednesday, Sep 16th, to speak about the book. He will be here at 5:30 to sign and chat and will begin speaking at 6 PM and will then be available to sign again after that. We hope you can make it to this fascinating event but, if not, we can hold a signed copy for pick-up or mail it to you. To RSVP on Facebook, visit here.
Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath. It tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta. His death and the acquittal of his killers by an all-white jury set off a firestorm of protests that reverberated all over the world and spurred on the civil rights movement. Like no other event in modern history, the death of Emmett Till provoked people all over the United States to seek social change.
For six decades the Till story has continued to haunt the South as the lingering injustice of Till’s murder and the aftermath altered many lives. Fifty years after the murder, renewed interest in the case led the Justice Department to open an investigation into identifying and possibly prosecuting accomplices of the two men originally tried. Between 2004 and 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the first real probe into the killing and turned up important information that had been lost for decades.
This book will stand as the definitive work on Emmett Till for years to come. Incorporating much new information, the book demonstrates how the Emmett Till murder exemplifies the Jim Crow South at its nadir. The author accessed a wealth of new evidence. Anderson has made a dozen trips to Mississippi and Chicago to conduct research and interview witnesses and reporters who covered the trial. In Emmett Till Anderson corrects the historical record and presents this critical saga in its entirety.
“No one knows more about this brutal murder and its contested legacy than Devery Anderson. In his long-anticipated and meticulously researched study, he has delivered, as we all expected, the definitive account of this case. Anderson has read every source, tracked every lead, assessed every claim, and weighed every piece of evidence in his passionate quest to know the truth. This is the Emmett Till book that historians have been waiting for, and it is the book that Emmett Till’s legacy deserves.”
–Christopher Metress, associate provost for academics, Samford University; editor of The Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative
Devery S. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Utah and is an editor at Signature Books in Salt Lake City. He has authored or coauthored several books on Mormon history, two of which won the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary from the Mormon History Association.
Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. The University Press of Mississippi, 2015. 552pp. Hardback. $45.00
Other books by Devery Anderson:
Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1843: A Documentary History (with Gary Bergera). Signature Books, 2005. Hardback. $39.95
Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History (with Gary Bergera). Signature Books, 2005. Hardback. $49.95
The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History. Signature Books, 2011. Hardback. $49.95
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We’ve posted the videos from some recent author signings. To watch, click our Events tab above, or click the following:
Terryl & Fiona Givens (The Crucible of Doubt, The God Who Weeps)
Contributors from Fresh Courage Take, including editor Jamie Zvirzdin
Due to equipment malfunction, small segments at the beginning and end were cut.
John Dominic Crossan (How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian)
Just a reminder that Royal Skousen and Robin Jensen will be here on Wednesday, August 19, to discuss the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (published—in two parts—by the Church Historian’s Press). They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
For some teaser videos about this volume produced by the JSP team, visit http://bit.ly/1IX5H8a
We are excited to announce that Royal Skousen and Robin Jensen will be here on Wednesday, August 19, to discuss the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (published—in two parts—by the Church Historian’s Press). They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
The Book of Mormon is the centerpiece of Joseph Smith’s documentary record. It served to Smith’s followers as a witness of his divine mission and as a foundation of their newfound faith. This volume, the third in the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, gives readers unprecedented access to an early Book of Mormon manuscript through full-color photographs, a color-coded transcript, introductions, and reference material.
From early April to late June 1829, Joseph Smith dictated the majority of the text of the Book of Mormon. He and other believers explained that Smith translated the Book of Mormon from writings on ancient metal plates to which he had been led by a heavenly messenger. Smith’s translation of the plates was not the conventional process of converting text from one language to another through expert knowledge of both languages—instead, he recounted that he dictated the text “by the gift and power of God.” With the aid of “interpreters” he found buried with the plates and a seer stone already in his possession, Joseph Smith dictated the text to Oliver Cowdery and several other scribes. Four high-quality photographs of this seerstone are included—the first to ever be released.
After the original manuscript was completed and Joseph Smith had secured the services of a printer, Smith directed that a second copy, now known as the printer’s manuscript, be created. This would allow the original manuscript to be kept safe while the second copy was taken to the print shop. Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, and a third, unknown scribe created the printer’s manuscript from roughly August 1829 to January 1830, and pages of it were taken in batches to E. B. Grandin’s print shop in Palmyra, New York, as printing proceeded. The printer’s manuscript was consulted again by Joseph Smith and others when the second edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio. The manuscript was eventually obtained by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ), headquartered in Independence, Missouri, and it is reproduced here with their generous permission. The carefully preserved manuscript is virtually complete—only three lines of text are missing.
Royal Skousen, professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University, has been the editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project since 1988. In 2009, Skousen published with Yale University Press the culmination of his critical text work, The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text. Skousen received his PhD in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1972. He has also taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of California at San Diego, and, as a Fulbright lecturer, at the University of Tampere in Finland. In 2001, he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute in the Netherlands.
Robin Scott Jensen is the associate managing historian and project archivist for the Joseph Smith Papers. He specializes in document and transcription analysis. In 2005 he earned an MA degree in American history from Brigham Young University, and in 2009 he earned a second MA in library and information science with an archival concentration from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is now pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Utah. He completed training at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents in 2007.
Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Church Historian’s Press, 2015. Hardback. 539pp/437pp. Reg. $89.99/ea–SALE $80.99/ea. (save 10%–also, save 10% on future volumes in the JSP by becoming a subscriber–ask us for details!)
Also by Royal Skousen:
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 1. FARMS, 2004. Hardback. $49.95
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 2. FARMS, 2005. Hardback. $49.95
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 3. FARMS, 2006. Hardback. $49.95
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 4. FARMS, 2006. Hardback. $49.95
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 4. FARMS, 2006. Hardback. $49.95
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 5. FARMS, 2008. Hardback. $49.95
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part 6. FARMS, 2009. Hardback. $49.95
The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon. FARMS, 2001. Hardback. $49.95
The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, 2 vols. FARMS, 2001. Hardback, $99.95
The Book of Mormon – The Earliest Text. Yale University Press, 2009. $35.00
Also by Robin Jensen (as co-editor):
Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books: Facsimile Edition. Church Historian’s Press, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $99.99, SALE $59.99 **SIGNED BY ALL THREE VOLUME EDITORS**
Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Manuscript Revelation Books: Facsimile Edition. Church Historian’s Press, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $99.99, SALE $79.99. **SIGNED BY ALL THREE VOLUME EDITORS AS WELL AS THE THREE GENERAL EDITORS. AS FAR AS WE KNOW, THESE FEW COPIES SIGNED BY ALL SIX EDITORS ARE AVAILABLE NOWHERE ELSE, WHICH MAKES THESE ALL THE MORE RARE AND VALUABLE!**
Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations & Translations, Vol. 1. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardback. $79.95. This “library edition” includes all of the color-coded transcriptions of the facsimile edition with limited full-color images of important manuscript pages (rather than all pages as in the Facsimile Edition) such as the “Sample of Pure Language” as well as pages showing editorial marks.
Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $69.95, SALE $19.99
Other Joseph Smith Papers volumes available (all hardback, published by the Church Historian’s Press):
Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839). 2008. $49.95
Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843). 2011. Reg. $54.95, SALE $17.99
Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories (1832-1844). 2012. $54.95
Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories (1831-1847). 2102. $54.95
Documents, vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831. 2013. $54.95
Documents, vol. 2: July 1831 – January 1833. 2013. $54.95
Documents, vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834. 2014. $54.95
Shipping–Media Mail: due to the weight, $7.50 for one volume, $10 for both (inquire for rates for additional books). Priority/UPS/FedEx options available–inquire for details.
Utah residents–add 7.05% sales tax.
We were very pleased to attend an invitation-only press conference on Tuesday, Aug 4th, announcing the publication of the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (in two parts). The short event was well-publicized and included a very significant announcement.
We heard first from church historian Elder Steven Snow. The blockbuster announcement he made was that images of the seerstone used by Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Mormon would be published for the first time (see pp. xx-xxi of part 1). He added that images would be displayed at the new historic site at Harmony, PA, to be dedicated on Sep 19th by Elder Russell M. Nelson. These images will also be included in a display at the remodeled Museum of Church History and Art reopening later this fall. He also announced that an article looking at Joseph Smith as seer—written by Richard Turley, Robin Jensen and Mark Ashurst-McGee—would appear in the October issue of the Ensign (to read the article early, visit www.lds.org/ensign/2015/10/joseph-the-seer).
Elder Snow cited the publication of this volume as one of the best, most recent examples of cooperation between the LDS Church and the Community of Christ and noted the “common restoration paths.” He recognized the groundwork laid by earlier generations of historians and archivists that has gone on for many decades back to the 1970s. Acknowledging a debt to these pioneers, he also recognized the efforts of current Community of Christ historians such as Ron Romig, Lachlan Mackay and Mark Scherer, referring to them as “colleagues and friends.” Snow thanked them for being “careful stewards of the manuscripts” and noted that LDS employees have helped with “some conservation” along the way. In closing, he noted that both the Community of Christ and the LDS Church are trying to be more open in sharing their collections and acknowledged that the “Internet brings both challenges and opportunities.”
Next we heard from President Robin Linkhart, Community of Christ President of Seventy and Missionary Coordinator for the western US. On behalf of the Community of Christ, she expressed “deep appreciation for your acknowledgment of our role in the Joseph Smith Papers Project.” Referring to the forthcoming online publication of images of the printer’s manuscript, she noted that this will “graciously afford for study without barrier to anyone.” She then gave a brief overview of LDS-Community of Christ historian relationships beginning with the pioneering work of Richard Howard and Earl Olson. Crucially, in 1968, Robert Matthews was granted access to Joseph Smith Bible revision manuscripts in the RLDS archives in Independence. In the 1970s, Leonard Arrington and Richard Howard gradually strengthened this relationship, leading to a formal agreement to exchange microfilms of documents in 1974. In 1988, Richard Howard received permission from RLDS leaders to allow Royal Skousen access to the printer’s manuscript and for Nevin Skousen (Royal’s brother) to photograph the manuscript in color. In closing, she noted the Community of Christ commitment to solid history that assists in their “identity formation.”
Following the conference, we chatted with several JSP staff members. Matthew Grow (a general editor) agreed that photos of the seerstone—in addition to being important in their own right—were significant as a symbol of the Church History Department’s goal to be transparent and further the production of candid, scholarly history. Robin Jensen (co-editor of this volume) discussed the slightly different goals of the current edition of the printer’s manuscript and Royal Skousen’s critical text project, noting that Skousen’s edition was focused on producing a text while the JSP treatment is in the vein of documentary editing. As such, the latter is a bit more conservative and will represent more characters with a diamond shape indicating the editors are unsure what letter was intended. Robin also commented on the provenance of the seerstone from Joseph Smith until it was reacquired by the church from Zina Young Card. She purchased it from Brigham Young’s estate, feeling that it did not belong in private hands. She then donated it to the church in 1896, wishing it to remain in the archives of the church from that point forward. We talked about 19th Century attitudes toward artifacts/books, etc.—because they were so close to the events, people often did not realize the significance of things in their possession. Finally, we talked to Riley Lorimer who was the lead editor for this volume. She talked about the painstaking care required to typeset this volume. She and Robin Jensen spent numerous hours reading the manuscript aloud to one another to ensure accuracy.
The printer’s manuscript is beautifully presented in this volume (published in two parts). As a “facsimile edition,” a high-resolution scan of the original is presented on the left side with the transcription (color-coded to show the different scribes) on the right. Brief annotation in the margin tracks changes in the text in editions of the Book of Mormon published during Joseph Smith’s life as well as explaining typesetting marks. The manuscript is readable throughout (thanks to the state of preservation of the pages as well as the large-size reproduction) and fascinating to peruse. The obvious care involved in identifying scribal handwriting is also quite intriguing—particularly that of “Scribe 2.” Despite comparing handwriting with multiple possibilities, this particular hand remains a mystery.
Certainly the most audible reaction to the publication of this volume has involved the seerstone photos. The four high-quality photos of the stone (and bag—thought to be Emma’s handiwork) represent a willingness to discuss the role of seerstones generally and specifically in the translation of the Book of Mormon. Despite scattered “official” mentions of the use of a seerstone in translating, it is safe to say that the average Mormon is not aware of this aspect of history. Drawing on Mark Ashurst-McGee’s research, the editors conclude that “for much of the translation, though, Joseph Smith used a different instrument: a seer stone.” They acknowledge that “Joseph Smith owned more than one seer stone, though evidence generally points to the brown seer stone as the one used in translation.” As has been the case throughout the project, the conclusions of the editors are candid, concise and well-documented. The books themselves are of the same high caliber—well-bound and beautifully designed, they are a fitting presentation of groundbreaking and officially approved research.