Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

A Uni-Dimensional Picture of a Multi-Faceted Nauvoo Community

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
10/1/2020
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
20 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
church history, church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, lds, Mormonism, Nauvoo, review

Review of Benjamin E. Park, Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier (New York City: Liveright Publishing, 2020).

Abstract: Benjamin Park recently wrote a substantive revisionist history of Nauvoo, Illinois, the one-time Church capital under the leadership of Joseph Smith, Jr. Congratulating the author for placing this well-known Latter-day Saint story within the larger Jacksonian American democratic context and utilizing many primary sources hardly used before, Richard Bennett in this review assesses both the strengths and the weaknesses of this new book. While complimenting Park for his significant contributions on politics, women, and race in Nauvoo, Bennett nonetheless finds much to criticize in what he sees as a unidimensional, highly political study that disregards many previous studies of Nauvoo and fails to address many other critically important facets of the city’s life and history from its inception in 1839 until the Saints’ departure in 1846.

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