Speaker: Polly Aird

How We Wrote Mormon History

Every great book has a great backstory. The recently published book Writing Mormon History allows the reader to enter into the historian’s world. Each chapter is written by a well-known historian describing the journey of writing books that have shaped our understanding of the Mormon past, offering an unprecedented glimpse into why they wrote these …

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SL10122: Authors meet the Critic

This discussion brings together scholars and thinkers to discuss two books: Gary Topping’s Leonard J. Arrington: A Historian’s Life and Polly Aird’s book about Peter McAuslan entitled Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector: A Scottish Immigrant in the American West, 1848-1861. Through the publication of his groundbreaking Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints …

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NW10003:

Mormon convert Peter McAuslan emigrated from Scotland in 1854. After arriving in Utah, Mormons experienced natural disasters, a reformation, and the Mountain Meadows Massacre. These violent events and the insistence on absolute obedience to Church leaders tore at McAuslan’s faith. Having become dissenters and fearful for their lives, his family left Utah under protection of …

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Violence on the Mormon Frontier: Fact or Fiction?

Violence on the Mormon Frontier: Fact or Fiction? Elder Bruce R. McConkie insisted: ‘There is not one historical instance of so-called blood atonement in this dispensation,” yet recent researchers have concluded that Brigham Young’s support of “holy murder” helped create a “culture of violence” that promoted crimes ranging from individual murders to massacres. The Encyclopedia …

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