Kingdom on the Mississippi Revisited: Nauvoo in Mormon History

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Roger D. Launius, John E. Hallwas
University of Illinois Press, 1996 - History - 282 pages
"A significant collection . . . that provides a depth and breadth
of understanding reflective of the latest and best in Mormon history."
-- Paul M. Edwards, author of Our Legacy of Faith: A Brief History
of the RLDS
Who were the Nauvoo Mormons? Were they Jacksonian Americans or did they
embody some other weltanschaung? Why did this tiny Illinois town
become such a protracted battleground for the Mormons and non-Mormons
in the region? And what is the larger meaning of the Nauvoo experience
for the various inheritors of the legacy of Joseph Smith, Jr.?
Kingdom on the Mississippi Revisited includes fourteen thoughtful
explanations that represent the most insightful and imaginative work on
Mormon Nauvoo published in the last thirty years. The range of topics
includes the Nauvoo Legion, the Mormon press, the political kingdom of
God, the opposition of non-Mormons, the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, and
the meaning of Nauvoo for Mormons. The introduction provides a critique
of Nauvoo scholarship, and a closing bibliographical essay analyzes the
historical literature on the Mormon experience at Nauvoo.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Significance of Nauvoo for Latterday Saints
19
The Nauvoo Charter A Reinterpretation
39
The Nauvoo Legion 184045 A Unique Military Organization
48
The Political Kingdom of God as a Cause of MormonGentile Conflict
62
The Nauvoo Neighborhood A Little Philadelphia or a Unique City Set upon a Hill?
72
The Mormon Press in Nauvoo 183946
94
Religion in Nauvoo Some Reflections
119
Mormon Nauvoofrom a NonMormon Perspective
160
The Martyrdom of Joseph Smith in Early Mormon Writings
181
The Lion and the Lady Brigham Young and Emma Smith
198
From Assassination to Expulsion Two Years of Distrust Hostility and Violence
214
The Awesome Responsibility Joseph Smith III and the Nauvoo Experience
231
Bibliographical Essay
251
Contributors
269
Index
273

Mormon Polygamy Belief and Practice in Nauvoo
130
The Kingdom of God in Illinois Politics in Utopia
147

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