Joseph Smith III: Pragmatic Prophet

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University of Illinois Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 424 pages
This masterful study charts the extensive common ground and telling differences between two widely separated coal-mining communities: Lanarkshire, in the Clyde Valley of southwest Scotland, and the northern Illinois coalfield that became a prime destination for skilled Scottish migrant miners in the mid-nineteenth century. Challenging the prevailing exceptionalist paradigm of labor history, John Laslett examines the social, economic, and political context of each of these communities in generous detail. He traces the progressive heightening of class consciousness as the coal industry evolved from skilled hand labor to an increasingly mechanized extraction process and the escalating hostility between miners and mineowners as their interests split along class lines. Examining the rise of militant industrial unionism in both areas, Laslett provides a sophisticated explanation of the American and Scottish miners' divergent approaches to collectivist solutions. Based on a profound knowledge of both communities, Colliers across the Sea tells a compelling story of industrial transformation's human costs, of conflict and greed, and of democratic aspirations and community.

 

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This is an important appraisal of the man who guided the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for more than a half century. "Young Joseph'' took his brand of Mormonism in a ... Read full review

Contents

A Mormon Heritage
3
The Formative Years 184446
30
Maturity 184656
52
Origins of the Reorganization
75
The Search
95
Getting Started
111
Forging an Organization
136
And the Lord Called His People Zion
164
Politicking against Polygamy
243
Crisis in the Ranks
269
The Golden Years
287
Joseph at Home
315
Twilight
336
Epilogue
357
Bibliographical Note
371
Index
377

The Legacy of Plural Marriage
186
The Utah Mission
214

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