Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism, 2nd ed.

Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism, 2nd ed.

by Newell G. Bringhurst

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Overview

Originally published shortly after the LDS Church lifted its priesthood and temple restriction on black Latter-day Saints, Newell G. Bringhurst's landmark work remains ever-relevant as both the first comprehensive study on race within the Mormon religion and the basis by which contemporary discussions on race and Mormonism have since been framed. Approaching the topic from a social history perspective, with a keen understanding of antebellum and post-bellum religious shifts, Saints, Slaves, and Blacks examines both early Mormonism in the context of early American attitudes towards slavery and race, and the inherited racial traditions it maintained for over a century. While Mormons may have drawn from a distinct theology to support and defend racial views, their attitudes towards blacks were deeply-embedded in the national contestation over slavery and anticipation of the last days.
This second edition of Saints, Slaves, and Blacks offers an updated edit, as well as an additional foreword and postscripts by Edward J. Blum, W. Paul Reeve, and Darron T. Smith. Bringhurst further adds a new preface and appendix detailing his experience publishing Saints, Slaves, and Blacks at a time when many Mormons felt the rescinded ban was best left ignored, and reflecting on the wealth of research done on this topic since its publication.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159034892
Publisher: Greg Kofford Books
Publication date: 04/09/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Newell G. Bringhurst is Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. He is the author of Brigham Young and the Expanding American Frontier, Fawn McKay Brodie: A Biographer’s Life, and co-editor of numerous titles, including Black and Mormon and The Mormon Church and Blacks: A Documentary History. Bringhurst is past president of both the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association. He lives in Visalia, California, with his wife.

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