Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

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Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, moves beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud to explore his personality, his relationships with others, and how he received revelations . An arresting narrative of the birth of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling also brilliantly evaluates the prophet's bold contributions to Christian theology and his cultural place in the modern world. From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Bushman is a respected historian and a devout Mormon. The blend didn’t work for me when Bushman got into commentary on Smith’s revelations. The rest of the history is interesting, and you definitely ... Read full review

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User Review  - carl.rollyson - LibraryThing

Can a biographer - Mormon or not - use words like "revelation" without quotation marks? As a "believing historian," what other choice can Richard Lyman Bushman make? Unlike Robert Remini, a non-Mormon ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
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1830
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1830
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1830
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JanuaryJune 1831
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JulyDecember 1831
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April 1836January 1838
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JanuaryJuly 1838
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AugustDecember 1838
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JanuaryAugust 1839
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September 1839June 1840
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April 1840April 1841
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1841
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Spring 1842
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1832
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1833
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1834
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1835
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JanuaryApril 1836
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MayDecember 1842
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1843
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JanuaryJune 1844
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Epilogue
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Sources Cited
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Illustration Credits
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Richard L. Bushman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1931. He took his B.A., M.A., and PhD. degrees at Harvard University. He has taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University, University of Delaware, and Columbia University, where he is currently Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Emeritus. His previous books are From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 (1967), Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (1984), King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985), and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, and Cities (1992).

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