Excavating Mormon Pasts by Newell G. Bringhurst
The New Historiography of the Last Half Century

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Winner of the Special Book Award from the John Whitmer Historical Association

Includes Mormon History Association Award Winning Essay by Roger Launius.

Excavating Mormon Pasts assembles sixteen knowledgeable scholars from both LDS and the Community of Christ traditions who have long participated skillfully in this dialogue. It presents their insightful and sometimes incisive surveys of where the New Mormon History has come from and which fields remain unexplored. It is both a vital reference work and a stimulating picture of the New Mormon History in the early twenty-first century.

“[Excavating Mormon Pasts is] a valuable tool in the ongoing quest for clarity, for truth, for certainty. It is one of several volumes I’ve seen in the past few years that qualify for a ‘must have’ rating.” —Jeffrey Needle, Association for Mormon Letters

About Newell G. Bringhurst

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Newell G. Bringhurst, a past president of the Mormon History Associatoin, established his professional reputation through his biographical studies of Brigham Young and the controversial Joseph smith biographer Fawn McKay Brodie. He also has an enduring interest in the issue of race within Mormonism-the subject of his first book, Saints, Slaves and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People within Mormonism (1981) and his most recent, Black and Mormon: Reflections on Latter-day Saint African Americans since 1978 (2004), coedited with Darron Smith. His MHA presidential address in 2000 formed the basis of his biographical essay in this work.Lavina Fielding Anderson, the owner of Editing, Inc., is the editor of the Journal of Mormon History (1991-present), past editor of the AML Annual, the publication of the Association for Mormon Letters, and board member for Signature Books, long the premier source for quality Mormon fiction. She is a past president of AML and, with Eugene England, edited Tending the Garden: Essays on Mormon Literature (1996). After producing her prize-winning Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir (2001), she is currently at work on Lucy's Life, a narrative biography of Lucy Mack Smith.
Published March 14, 2012 by Greg Kofford Books. 445 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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