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Claudia L. Bushman is professor of American studies at Columbia University
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Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Volume 6, Number 2, (Summer 1971) (1971) — Avustaja; Guest editor — 2 kappaletta

Associated Works

Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (2000) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
Joy (1980) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings (2015) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Converted to Christ Through the Book of Mormon (1989) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism (2015) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta
The Collected Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lectures (2004) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Personal voices: A celebration of Dialogue (1987) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Dimensions of Faith: A Mormon Studies Reader (2011) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Conversations with Mormon Historians (2015) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Mormonism and American Politics (2015) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Directions for Mormon studies in the twenty-first century (2016) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Scriptural Theology (2015) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Silent Notes Taken: Personal Essays By Mormon New Yorkers (2002) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Apple Pies & Promises: Motherhood in the Real World (2005) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Raspberries and Relevance: Enrichment in the Real World (2004) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Journal of Mormon History - Vol. 32, No. 3, Fall 2006 (2006) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
The Reader's Book of Mormon (seven vol. boxed set) (2008) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
BYU Studies Vol. 59 No. 3, 2020 (2020) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Mormon Historical Studies - Vol. 9, No. 2 (Fall 2008) (2008) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Journal of Mormon History - Volume 35, No. 4 (Fall 2009) (2009) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World (2014) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Journal of Mormon History - Vol. 38, No. 3, Summer 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Dialogue, Volume 11, Number 1, 1978 (1978) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Journal of Mormon History - Volume 19 No. 1 (Spring 1993) (1993) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Sunstone - Issue 118, April 2001 (2001) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Exponent II, July 1974, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1974) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Sunstone - Vol. 11:6, Issue 62, November 1987 (1987) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Mormon Studies Review - Volume 8 (2021) (2021) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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It's not possible to write a history without a viewpoint. The trick is to choose the right one. Of course, when the subject of the history is a schismatic religion, there may be disagreement about what is the right one.

That is definitely the issue with this short, readable history. It is a history of Mormonism told very much from the Mormon standpoint. How did Mormonism come to be? It of course began with the... proclamations... of Joseph Smith. The questions about those gives us a good perspective on the book. The foremost biographer of Smith, Fawn M. Brodie, who was herself a Mormon, came to the agonized conclusion that Smith was engaged in a get-rich scheme. Alternately, Smith's revelations began when he was about the age when schizophrenics start to experience the symptoms of their horrid illness. Or, of course, Smith could have been the recipient of a genuine revelation.

This matter is not really discussed. Revelation is basically assumed. For readers who are members of the Saints, this will obviously be desirable. For readers who are not, it leaves glaring holes. And this tendency continues. For a book whose primary author is a woman, it seems surprisingly sympathetic to polygamy: it was doctrine, so it must have been right.

Also, it is worth noting that, when Joseph Smith died, Mormonism fractured. Brigham Young gathered by far the largest faction of the denomination, and took it to Utah -- but the other various sects are all Mormons, they just aren't "the" Mormons. But all we read is a brief mention of the Reorganized Church of the Latter-Day Saints. It is not wrong, but it is parochial and not what I would consider a complete history.

I would also say that the interesting part of the sect's history is the time from when Smith had his revelation until they abandoned polygamy in the 1890s. After that, although the Mormons were still extremely schismatic in theology, they were basically just another separatist sect in an America full of peculiar sects, large and small. But the book still devotes half its length to this relatively dull period.

Bottom line: If you are a Mormon, this is probably a good brief history. But if you are not, it raises far more questions than it answers, and it leaves out a lot of the good stuff to focus on the routine. A bad book? Not really. But one with a viewpoint that I find neither particularly interesting nor particularly useful.
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waltzmn | Apr 6, 2023 |
http://rationalfaiths.com/mormon-women-have-their-say/ (my "official" review)

The book “Mormon Women Have Their Say” stands to be an influential book on a topic of increasing importance to Latter-day Saints and society in general. It’s safe to say that only rarely does the general public listen to the voices of religious women. And when they do it is usually only through select channels—the disenfranchised or a feminist interpretation. Representations of women from a large religion like Islam are no more immune to this bias than those from a smaller religion like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Millions of faithful, dedicated women of these religions function in society and accomplish amazing things, yet their stories are so often missed or misunderstood. How do they balance religion, morality and life in a world where their views are often underrepresented? Speaking as one of them, the balancing act is not trivial and sometimes we are successful and sometimes we fail—but either way, it is ourstory, and some of the richness of our lives comes through in this book.
When reading the description of the book, I found myself expecting mainly a collection of Mormon women’s stories that had been complied together in themes, but the book is not exactly that. Rather, it is a compilation of essays (one per chapter), written by different historians, on different aspects of the LDS church. The essayists use the stories of these women to support or explain views and positions of the Mormon church, with emphasis on those issues most pertinent to its women. Each historian does a thorough job referencing outside sources, and the references themselves are often worth a read.
In some essays the stories of the Mormon women are the highlight and make up a large portion of the chapter. In other essays, they are not as prominent and you hear more from the historian writing the chapter. I found myself wondering if the book would not be more appropriately entitled something like “Oral Historians Have Their Say About the Mormon Women Histories They Collected.” For me personally, I appreciate the chapters where the stories are allowed to speak with less interpretation from the historians.
The historians each adopted a slightly different tone in their chapters. Though subtle, their objectiveness varied somewhat. In the conclusion of her chapter “Missions”, Pulido offers a suggestion to Mormon women: “Perhaps feminist theologian Rosemary Ruether has some good advice for Mormon mothers on the topic of parenting children who will hopefully participate in God’s work one day….” (pg 189) Contrast that with this statement from Clayton in her chapter “Revelation” : “I do not question the reality of these women’s claims to divine revelation. There is no need to judge whether these communications are in fact from a loving and interested divine being. It is enough that these women believe the answers came from God.” (pg 151). While Pulido’s advice is interesting, I feel that the “giving” of advice contradicts both the stated purpose of the book and the general idea that the scholars are finally giving Mormon women their say. Whether they wanted it or not, any Mormon woman will assure you they have been “given” an abundance of advice, but Mormon women have rarely been given a voice or understanding. The majority of the book is objective and well written. There are hints occasionally through the book of an author’s personal point of view, but they are limited.
The book opens with the chapter “Self and Other,” in which Kline suggests a new paradigm, developed by Saiving and later Hoagland, for properly assessing pride and selfishness in women. It emphasizes the differences in which women work through issues of pride and selfishness over the traditionally used view of pride and selfishness that applies better to men. In my opinion this is the best chapter in the book. I was nodding my head mentally with every sentence, and I came to better understand myself and my own thinking. Each reader will likely have a favorite chapter that resonates more with them. At risk of listing nearly all the chapters, I greatly enjoyed “Singlehood”, “Fertility”, “Motherhood”, “Revelation”, “Prop 8”, “Agency”, “Adversity” and “Callings”. I struggled a little with the chapter “Womanliness”. It was heavy on quotes from the male leaders in the Mormon Church to establish what they consider womanliness to be rather than letting us, the Mormon women, define “womanliness”. The first part of “Heavenly Mother” also felt a little forced. The concept of Heavenly Mother is different from traditional goddess worship, and the author spent a lot of time explaining goddess worship only to flip and tell the reader that it doesn’t really apply. The chapter is still very interesting, though.
Not surprisingly, the real gems of the book are the stories from the Mormon women themselves. They are superb. I relate in some way to every single woman quoted in the book. The most intriguing part was seeing the thoughts and reasoning behind decisions made by these women. There is no doubt that by nature of being both a woman and a Mormon, women in the LDS Church adopt a reserved public persona where they generally avoid conflict and giving offense to others. However, I have found that if you remove a Mormon woman just one step from this public setting, the floodgates open to reveal a woman with deep, emotional, well reasoned, and rational thoughts. This is evident throughout the book. From one of the women, Laura:
About the time I was in my early thirties I remember questioning for the first time, “was this all I was meant to do?” ….I had to dig deep and go back to what I had felt when I made those decisions. I really felt it had nothing to do with the Church or with my husband, it came from me…I wasn’t being true to it by not recognizing that choice. That didn’t make my life completely easier, I still felt inadequate at times, but I didn’t feel useless for being a woman anymore. I just needed to adjust and find my strengths within what I wanted. I couldn’t rely on an outside source to give me commendation. (pg 17)
Laura’s trials and thoughts show a journey that many LDS women take. I also appreciated this lovely story from Joanne about how her mother participated in blessing her:
When I would ask for a blessing when I was sick…it was Dad and Mom laying their hands on my head…I never saw it as something that only men had a part in. Mom did not invoke the priesthood – Dad was giving the blessing – those blessing were the blessings of parents, not Melchizedek blessings. They were blessings of love and concern…There was a feeling that the priesthood was nothing if it was not shared by women…I have never seen the priesthood as exclusively male. (pg 221)
Joanne, and the example of her mother, show ways in which Mormon women demonstrate their power and influence. I enjoyed seeing the faith and ability of the women to adjust and deal with the complex and deep issues found within the Mormon church.
In her excellent introduction, Claudia Bushman, details the guidelines established and the efforts made to facilitate an unbiased recording of these oral histories. I feel the book succeeds as an objective recording of Mormon women narratives. Members of the LDS Church can pick up this book and see a timely evaluation of Church issues. Men and women alike can also find in it kinship, understanding, and a greater appreciation for how varied, bright and thoughtful the women in the Church are. If you are not a member of the Mormon Church, pick up this book and discover an intellectual read and to appreciate that Mormon women are much like women everywhere—unique, diverse, independent, accomplished and kind.
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mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
Harriet Hanson was a Lowell mill girl for over ten years; her mother ran one of the boarding houses in the area. Harriet remained in the Boston region after marrying William Robinson, journalist and abolitionist. The Robinsons became friends with neighbors Thoreau and Emerson although Harriet felt that the region around Walden Pond was very boring and too quiet for her.

The biography attempts to put Harriet in the reformist mileau, although I got the idea that Harriet was only interested for what it could do for her reputation. Each incident ended in Harriet becoming upset because she wasn't given the recognition she felt she deserved, some slight or some snub. I find it interesting that although I have been reading about the suffrage movement and its leaders for decades, this is the first time I read of Harriet's "pivotal" involvement.

The biography is not written strictly chronologically, but rather with chapters around themes such as "Club work" or "Housekeeping". I found this very distracting. The author goes back and forth over time periods trying to make this work and it is confusing. It also doesn't work because Bushman never gets to the meat of Harriet's life. The information seems so superficial and I never had the sense that Harriet's life had purpose, more than seeing her name in print.

I am glad I read this book because it introduced me to someone I had never known but it is not one I would recommend as representative of suffragists or reformers of the mid-19th century.
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