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Author Park, Benjamin E., author.

Title Kingdom of Nauvoo : the rise and fall of a religious empire on the American frontier / Benjamin E. Park.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2020]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    289.3773 PAR    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 324 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [285]-319) and index.
Contents Soil -- Seeds -- Roots -- Trunk -- Branches -- Fruit -- Harvest -- Legacies.
Summary "In Kingdom of Nauvoo, Benjamin E. Park excavates the brief, tragic life of a lost Mormon city, demonstrating that the Mormons are essential to understanding American history writ large. Using newly accessible sources, Park recreates the Mormons' 1839 flight from Missouri to Illinois. There, under the charismatic leadership of Joseph Smith, they founded Nauvoo, which shimmered briefly-but Smith's challenge to democratic traditions, as well as his new doctrine of polygamy, would bring about its fall. His wife Emma, rarely written about, opposed him, but the greater threat came from without: in 1844, a mob murdered Joseph, precipitating the Mormon trek to Utah. Throughout this chronicle, Park shows that far from being outsiders, the Mormons were representative of their era in their distrust of democracy and their attempt to forge a sovereign society of their own"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History.
Mormon Church -- Illinois -- History.
Mormons -- Mississippi River Valley -- History.
Nauvoo (Ill.) -- History.
ISBN 9781631494864 hardcover
1631494864 hardcover

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