Leonard J. Arrington's Brigham Young PDF

By Leonard J. Arrington

Brigham younger involves lifestyles during this superlative biography that provides him as a Mormon chief, a company genius, a family members guy, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on an enormous diversity of assets, together with records, own diaries, and personal correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings younger to existence as a towering but absolutely human determine, the extraordinary captain of his humans and his church for thirty years, who mixed piety and the pursuit of energy to depart an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the tradition of the Western frontier. From polygamy to the Mountain Meadows bloodbath to the tried upkeep of Young’s nice Basin state, we're given a clean knowing of the controversies that plagued younger in his contentious kin with the government. Brigham Young attracts its topic out of the marginal position in heritage to which the traditional knowledge has assigned him, and units him squarely within the American mainstream, a determine of abiding impression in our society to at the present time.

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Maureen Beecher, Carol Madsen, Jill Mulvay Derr, and Jeffrey Johnson have provided information on the women in Brigham’s life—his wives, his daughters, and his associates in administering church programs. Dean Jessee has answered innumerable questions about Mormon history and generously shared material in his files. Elder G. Homer Durham has lent support to the project, as did Elder Joseph Anderson and Presidents Harold B. Lee and Spencer W. Kimball. Earl Olson and Donald T. Schmidt gave permission for the extensive use of materials in the Church Archives.

Title. 2 Joseph Smith, Jr. 6 Mormon city of Nauvoo, Illinois, ca. 11 Heber C. 13 Daniel H. 3 George Q. 4 George A. 15 Brigham Young, about 1873 (LDS) ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I owe the greatest debt to two colleagues. The first is Davis Bitton, my close associate in the Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for ten years and professor of history at the University of Utah. He has given me almost daily counsel on Mormon history, made cogent comments on my manuscript, chapter by chapter, and helped me to interpret Brigham Young’s doctrinal pronouncements.

I am grateful to Ron Watt, archivist; Gordon Irving, oral historian; Glen Leonard, museum director; James B. Allen and Dean Martin Hickman of Brigham Young University; L. Dwight Israelsen of Utah State University; and my secretaries, Chris Waters, Nedra Pace, Kathy Stephens, Mary Miller, and Kathleen Anderson. Many colleagues and associates in the Mormon History Association have shared their knowledge of various localities in which Brigham Young lived and events in which he participated. I have tried to give them credit in the bibliography and reference notes.

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