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19th Century Brigham Young Latter-day Saint History

‘Saints’ Volume 2: No Unhallowed Hand

Saints Volume 2: No Unhallowed Hand is the second book in a four-volume history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Saint volume 1 covered the time period of 1815–1846. Matt McBride explains what the book covers, how it came to be—and what comes next.

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19th Century Latter-day Saint History Polygamy

New Book Tackles Politics, Polygamy, and Prophets

Joseph Smith’s time in Nauvoo was filled with highs and lows. On one hand, he brought his work to a crescendo. On the other, Joseph Smith and other Church leaders were dealing with the raw consequences of polygamy, trying to write a new constitution, and often reacting to one crisis and the other. The difficult season culminated with Joseph Smith’s martyrdom in 1844.

Historian Benjamin E. Park discuss the context for his book, Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier.

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19th Century Latter-day Saint History

The Forgotten Louie B. Felt

Louie B. Felt isn’t someone recognized by many Latter-day Saints. Most of our attention toward women in early Utah history typically goes toward deserving figures like Eliza Snow, Emmeline B. Wells, or Susa Young Gates. And yet Louie B. Felt was one of the most prominent people of her time. RoseAnn Benson discusses Felt’s legacy, including her call as the first general president of the Primary Association.

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19th Century American West Latter-day Saint History

Utah Politics with Rod Decker

Rod Decker was a Utah political reporter for more than 40 years and is the author of Utah Politics: The Elephant in the Room (Signature Books, 2019). The book provides a political context for many of the events described in Saints 3: Boldly, Nobly, and Independent, 1893–1955.

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19th Century Latter-day Saint History

Jane Manning James: Your Sister in the Gospel

Jane Manning James is possibly the most well known Black Latter-day Saint pioneers. She resided in the homes Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, held Joseph’s seer stone, and received two patriarchal blessings. In this interview, biographer Quincy Newell explains what we know about Jane Manning James—and why she matters.

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19th Century Latter-day Saint History

Martin Harris and the 116 Pages: There’s More to the Story

Martin Harris is perhaps most closely associated with the loss of the 116 pages. A new biography, Martin Harris: Uncompromising Witness of the Book of Mormon, demonstrates Harris’s commitment to the Latter-day Saint scripture. Susan Easton Black explains the biography’s backstory and highlights lesser-known event from the life of Martin Harris.

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19th Century Latter-day Saint History

How is Saints Different Than Earlier Histories of the Church?

Most Latter-day Saints grew up knowing about the Comprehensive History of the Church written by B. H. Roberts. What’s not as well known is that the history is filled with errors common to the time—much like the Journal of Discourses. In this interview, Matt Grow describes how Saints is different than earlier Church histories.