2019 In Retrospect: An Overview of Recent Articles and Books in Mormon History

By November 25, 2019

Another year, another excellent year for Mormon history and Mormon studies publications! Traditional categories, like biography and primary source collections, continue to see strong publications and newer methodological innovations written within interdisciplinary fields are showcasing their value to the field. While there’s no way to include every single publication, these are the thirty or so that I believe will be most important to the field in the future. What did I get wrong? What did I miss? Let me know in the comments!

RACE

De Schweinitz’s article examines race within a Latter-day Saint context while Weisenfeld’s analyzes how Mormons were portrayed in early twentieth-century film. Each publication displays the value of speaking to Mormon history as its own field and using Mormonism to speak to broader fields, such as American religious history and American film history. Jones’ and Felt’s article brings Mormon history within Caribbean history’s transnational and trans-empire scholarship. I can’t wait to see what comes of their further research.

GENDER AND SEXUALITY

Missionaries visiting Utah to spread the “good news” of the ERA? A look at non-Latter-day Saint history on sexuality? Please and thank you. A Dutch article on Mormons and homosexuality? Sarah Pearsall on non-Mormon (and Mormon) polygamists in early America? SIGN ME UP.

POLITICS

All three authors examine different time periods, but their work highlights broader themes within the field. Baugh digs deep into the historiography and primary sources surrounding the Danites, debunking several myths along the way. Mason’s research into those who did not fight for any nation in the First World War highlights the limits of Mormon adoption of nationalism, so far as military service are concerned.

Radke-Moss’s article stuck with me more than any other article this year. Part of that is due, at least in part, because her research overlaps with my interests in Mormonism during the Cold War. The lion’s share is due to her exceptional writing, dogged archival research, and ability to use small details to highlight important historical moments. I expect her chapter to be a top consideration for Best Article at MHA.

Mason’s work on pacifism and non-violence in JMH is featured above; readers shouldn’t miss his book length treatment (or future book-length treatments!)

INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGIES AND APPROACHES

BIOGRAPHIES

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

ANALYSES OF LATTER-DAY SAINT SCRIPTURE

GLOBAL MORMON STUDIES

EDITED COLLECTIONS

PRIMARY SOURCES

Article filed under Miscellaneous


  1. American Polygamy by Craig Foster and Mary Ann Watson The History Press

    Comment by Steven L Mayfield — November 25, 2019 @ 12:17 pm

  2. The University of Szeged in Hungary recently published our anthology “Mormonism in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”. The 382-page book features essays by leading scholars of the Mormon tradition, both in Europe and the United States. The anthology has over sixteen contributors including Armand Mauss, Fred Woods, David Morris, Kim Östman, Steven L. Shields. Full details are found below.

    Further details are available from us and at the website
    http://ebooks.americanaejournal.hu/hu/konyvek/mormonism-in-europe/, where the anthology can be downloaded in various e-formats for free.

    Best regards,

    David Morris

    On behalf of the editors:
    Dr. Irén E. Annus, Hungary
    Dr. David M. Morris, United Kingdom
    Dr. Kim B. Östman, Finland

    89 Victoria Park Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

    Comment by David Morris — November 25, 2019 @ 1:01 pm

  3. Thank you, Steven and David!

    Comment by J Stuart — November 26, 2019 @ 8:54 am

  4. Joey, thanks for putting this together! I still need to make it through a lot of these, but it’s nice to have a collection to draw from!

    Comment by Steve Petersen — December 1, 2019 @ 9:27 am


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