American Zion: A New History of Mormonism

February 2, 2024
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Leavey Center Program Room Map

American Zion (2024) is the first major history of Mormonism in a decade, drawing on newly available sources to reveal a profoundly divided faith that has nevertheless shaped the nation. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 in the so-called “burned-over district” of upstate New York, which was producing seers and prophets daily. Most of the new creeds flamed out; Smith’s would endure, becoming the most significant homegrown religion in American history. How Mormonism succeeded is the story told by historian Benjamin E. Park in American Zion.

This event featured Benjamin Park, associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University. Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow Judd Birdsall moderated the discussion.

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