Challenge: Mormon History, 1830-1844 in 150 to 200 Words

By February 20, 2008

I’m SC Taysom is currently drafting an encyclopedia article on Mormon history from 1830-1844. The essay is supposed to pick up right after the founding of the Church in April 1830 and conclude with the Martyrdom. For my opening paragraph, I want to summarize in 150-200 words the major themes of the period. I have my ideas for this paragraph, which I may post at some point below, but I’d like to see how others would draft this paragraph.

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Comments

  1. ‘Dem Mormons are crazy.

    (summed it up in 3 1/2 words) ­čÖé

    Comment by Ben — February 20, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

  2. Joseph Smith builds temple in Kirtland and has numerous revelations regarding restoration of the church in the final dispensation. His anti-banking venture leaves many in a lurch, fostering already existing undercurrents of anti-Mormonism and causing Joseph and other leaders to skip town for Far West, Missouri where a thriving Mormon outpost was already established. Zionistic vision in MO encompassing both religious and political ideals clashes with the locals leading to extreme tensions and bloodshed on both sides of the divide. On the heels of complementary threats of extinction, Mormons lose and head to Commerce, Illinois which they rename Nauvoo and quickly build a vibrant city. The blurry lines between political and ecclesiastical authority coupled with the city’s rapid growth in size and influence again makes locals nervous fostering anti-Mormon resentment. Tensions come to a head with the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor by a Mormon mob, for disclosing questionable practices of Joseph Smith and other church leaders which had been long-denied. Joseph Smith and a few close confidants are arrested and imprisoned at Carthage over the incident. Anti-Mormon militias see an opening, lynching Joseph and his brother, leaving Brigham Young and other apostles to pick up the pieces.

    198 words.

    Comment by NorthboundZax — February 20, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

  3. What is the nature of the encyclopedia for which you are writing David? That would influence my approach.

    Comment by SC Taysom — February 20, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  4. Academic, being published by ABC-CLIO and edited by Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall.

    Comment by David G. — February 20, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

  5. Hey David, do I win? (or maybe Ben does – he was more succinct).

    I’d still be interested in seeing where you or others were going with this. Also, why the change in authors?

    Comment by NorthboundZax — February 25, 2008 @ 12:52 pm


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