The Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young and Thomas L. Kane

Hardcover | June 15, 2015

EditorMatthew J. Grow, Ronald W. Walker

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Until his death in 1877, Brigham Young guided the religious, economic, and political life of the Mormon community, whose settlements spread throughout the West and provoked a profound political, legal, and even military confrontation with the American nation. Young first met Thomas L. Kane onthe plains of western Iowa in 1846. Young came to rely on Kane, 21 years his junior, as his most trusted outside adviser, making Kane the most important non-Mormon in the history of the Church. In return, no one influenced the direction of Kane's life more than Young. The letters exchanged by thetwo offer crucial insights into Young's personal life and views as well as his actions as a political and religious leader. The Prophet and the Reformer offers a complete reproduction of the surviving letters between the Mormon prophet and the Philadelphia reformer. The correspondence reveals the strategies of the Latter-day Saints in relating to American culture and government during these crucial years when the "MormonQuestion" was a major political, cultural, and legal issue. The letters also shed important light on the largely forgotten "Utah War" of 1857-58, triggered when President James Buchanan dispatched a military expedition to ensure federal supremacy in Utah and replace Young with a non-Mormon governor.This annotated collection of their correspondence reveals a great deal about these two remarkable men, while also providing crucial insight into nineteenth-century Mormonism and the historical moment in which the movement developed.

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Until his death in 1877, Brigham Young guided the religious, economic, and political life of the Mormon community, whose settlements spread throughout the West and provoked a profound political, legal, and even military confrontation with the American nation. Young first met Thomas L. Kane onthe plains of western Iowa in 1846. Young ca...

Matthew J. Grow is director of publications for the Church Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a general editor of the Joseph Smith Papers. His first two books, "Liberty to the Downtrodden": Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer and Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Terryl L. Gi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:568 pages, 9.29 × 6.5 × 1.89 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsEditorial MethodIntroductionLetters1. Young to Kane, August 2, 18462. Kane to Young, September 10, 18463. Kane to Young, September 22, 18464. Kane to Young, November 5, 18465. Kane to Young, December 2, 18466. Young to Kane, December 6, 18477. Kane to Young, December 9, 18478. Young to Kane, February 9, 18489. Kane to Young, March 14, 184810. Young to Kane, May 9, 184811. Young to Kane, October 20, 184912. Kane to Young, July 11, 185013. Kane to Young, September 24, 185014. Kane to Young, February 19, 185115. Kane to Young, February 21, 185116. Kane to Young, April 7, 185117. Kane to Young, April 7, 185118. Kane to Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Willard Richards, July 29, 185119. Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Willard Richards to Kane, September 15, 185120. Young to Kane, May 29, 185221. Kane to Young, October 17, 185222. Young to Kane, May 20, 185323. Kane to Young, July 18, 185324. Young to Kane, January 31, 185425. Kane to Young, April 28, 185426. Young to Kane, June 29, 185427. Young to Kane, October 30, 185428. Kane to Young, January 5, 185529. Kane to Young, July 10, 185530. Young to Kane, September 30, 185531. Young to Kane, April 14, 185632. Young to Kane, January 7, 185733. Young to Kane, January 31, 185734. Kane to Young, March 185735. Kane to Young, May 21, 185736. Young to Kane, June 29, 185737. Young to Kane, September 12, 185738. Kane to Young, February 17, 185839. Kane to Young, ca. February 25, 185840. Kane to Young, February 25, 185841. Young to Kane, March 9, 185842. Young to Kane, March 15, 185843. Kane to Young, ca. March 16, 185844. Young to Kane, April 17, 185845. Young to Kane, May 8, 185846. Young to Kane, May 12, 185847. Kane to Young, July 5, 185848. Kane to Young, July 18, 185849. Young to Kane, August 6, 185850. Kane to Young, August 25, 185851. Young to Kane, September 1, 185852. Young to Kane, September 10, 185853. Young to Kane, October 22, 185854. Young to Kane, October 29, 185855. Young to Kane, November 22, 185856. Young to Kane, January 14, 185957. Young to Kane, May 3, 185958. Kane to Young, July 24, 185959. Young to Kane, September 17, 185960. Young to Kane, December 15, 185961. Young to Kane, March 22, 186062. Kane to Young, April 25, 186063. Young to Kane, April 26, 186064. Kane to Young, August 15, 186065. Young to Kane, September 27, 186066. Young to Kane, September 21, 186167. Kane to Young, November 23, 186168. Young to Kane, April 29, 186469. Young to Kane, April 15, 186670. Young to Kane, November 9, 186771. Young to Kane, May 4, 186972. Kane to Young, October 13, 186973. Young to Kane, October 15, 186974. Young to Kane, October 26, 186975. Young to Kane, February 14, 187076. Kane to Young, March 20, 187077. Kane to Young, June 18, 187078. Young to Kane, August 16, 187079. Young to Kane, April 16, 187180. Young to Kane, September 27, 187181. Kane to Young, October 12, 187182. Kane to Young, November 9, 187183. Kane to Young, November 30, 187184. Young to Kane, March 5, 187285. Kane to Young, October 16, 187286. Young to Kane, October 31, 187287. Kane to Young, April 2, 187388. Kane to Young, April 4, 187389. Kane to Young, April 15, 187390. Young to Kane, May 7, 187391. Young to Kane, July 31, 187392. Young to Kane, November 16, 187393. Kane to Young, December 4, 187394. Kane to Young, September 12, 187595. Kane to Young, May 28, 187696. Kane to Young, October 21, 187697. Kane to Young, February 8, 187798. Kane to Young, March 2, 187799. Kane to Young, March 2, 1877

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"The Prophet and the Reformer reveals the depth of a friendship that spanned the critical years (1846-77) in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This volume invites the reader into the social political and religious worlds of two men who helped shapenineteenth-century western American history. The introductions and notes to each of the ninety-nine letters provide both context and insight into the people and the issues that run through these letters... The letters are a wonderful record of a religious leader and a reformer who managed to find acommon ground on which to build a long-term relationship, a friendship that rose above the difficult times in which they lived." --David J. Whittaker, Former Curator, Archives of the Mormon Experience, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University