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Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon

William L. Davis


In this interdisciplinary work, William L. Davis examines Joseph Smith's 1829 creation of the Book of Mormon, the foundational text of the Latter Day Saint movement. Positioning the text within the history of early American oratorical techniques, sermon culture, educational practices, and the passion for self-improvement, Davis elucidates both the fascinating cultural contexts for the creation of the Book of Mormon and the central role of oral culture in early nineteenth-century America. Drawing on performance studies, religious studies, literary culture, and the history of early American educ ... More

Keywords: Book of Mormon, Early American Education, George Whitefield, John Wesley, Joseph Smith, Oral culture, oratorical, Sermon Culture, Nineteenth-century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655666
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William L. Davis, author