In a just-published volume entitled Excavating Mormon Pasts: The New Historiography of the Last Half Century, a variety of writers from both the LDS and Community of Christ traditions explore five decades of reconceptualized, revisionist, and resistant Mormon histories. The volume includes essays by such noteworthy writers as Klaus J. Hansen, Roger D. Launius, Glen M. Leonard, Davis Bitton, Martha Sonntag Bradley, and Jessie Embry. A few contributors to the volume will engage in a lively dialogue over exact definitions of the “new” Mormon history and the most significant works that define this genre. They will also offer a “progress report” of what has been done and what remains to be done.
Newell G. bringhurst, Todd M. Compton, Kahlile Mehr, M. Guy Bishop, Jan Shipps