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Return to the City of JosephModern Mormonism's Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo$
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Scott C. Esplin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042102

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042102.001.0001

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The Mormon City in Decline

The Mormon City in Decline

(p.12) Chapter 1 The Mormon City in Decline
Return to the City of Joseph

Scott C. Esplin

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the preparation for and eventual abandonment of Nauvoo, Illinois, by the Mormons following the 1844 death of Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism). It marks the failed attempts to sell properties by the faith’s new leader, Brigham Young, and the eventual resettlement of the city by a French communal society known as the Icarians. The chapter also traces the Icarian’s demise and the German farmers and vintners who next occupied Nauvoo, transforming it into a rural river village by occupying, repurposing, or removing remaining Mormon structures while remaking the city’s religious character.

Keywords:   Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormonism, Brigham Young, Icarians, communalists, German immigration, Catholicism

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