Well, the Niblets are here, and in a blatant and shameless attempt to remind everyone of some of the fantastic content you may have missed or forgotten from us in 2009, here is the first of a thematic series of Posts You Might Have Missed, 2009. In my opinion, 2009 was the best year yet for the JI as well as a year of transition. See Christopher’s 2nd birthday write up for info about us and our history through most of 2009.
Ben started the year off with the first of a series of 3 posts about Wilford Woodruff and the preservation of Church History:
Brett D. shared an insightful post about the transition from the Religion Class Program to the Primary Program: Gender Constructs and the Dissolution of the Religion Class Program
David G. posted an important contribution helping us rethink the 1890 Mormon History Divide: Mormonism?s Unbroken Past: Transcending the 1890 Rupture.
Jared T. shared a number of posts relating to the Church in Mexico and South Texas
Newly-Minted JI Perma Ardis S. contributed several fascinating guest posts in 2009 on the Civil Rights movement and BYU:
Joel provided an excellent appeal about, Repudiating Scholarly Violence in Mormon History
Christopher’s research on Mormonism in the American South yielded some great insights:
And culminating in his thesis discussed here: An Insider?s View of Early Mormonism. . .and Methodism
Some of the Joseph Smith Summer Seminar attendees kept us riveted with new insights on the Pratt brothers and their influence on Mormon thought:
And if that weren’t enough, Ben organized a fantastic series on the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt featuring many contributors (see Series Wrap-up) and which is, collectively, under consideration for publication.
- Ben Park: Introduction
- Ben Park: Parley?s Writing as Restoration and Redemption
- Ryan Tobler: The Literary Impulse
- Matt Grow: Writing the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
- Adriane Rodrigues: Pratt?s Use of Literary Voice
- Bored in Vernal: Conjugal Relations of Parley P. Pratt as Portrayed in his Autobiography
- Joseph Spencer: Parley Pratt?s Poetry
- Steve Taysom: Pratt and the Enervating Power of Evil
- David Grua: Persecution, Memory, and Mormon Identity
- Matt Bowman: The Conversion of Parley P. Pratt; or, Patterns of Mormon Piety
- Jared T.amez: Racial Perceptions and Pratt?s 1851 Mission to Chili (Part 1; Part 2)
- David Knowlton: Pratt and the Problem of Separating Latin and Anglo America
[Whew! More to come! I’ve saved a summary of our posts on race and Edje’s Mormon Zoologia, etc. for the next installment.]