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Return to the City of Joseph: Modern Mormonism's Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo

Scott C. Esplin


In the 1840s, Nauvoo, Illinois, was a religious boomtown, the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), a controversial religion whose theology, social practices, and solidarity led to cultural conflict. By the mid-1840s, Joseph Smith, the religion’s prophet-leader, was killed, and thousands of Mormons relocated west to Utah. During the twentieth century, the Latter-day Saints returned to their former headquarters in Nauvoo, Illinois, in a dramatic way. Acquiring nearly half of the property in the city, the faith transformed the sleepy Mississippi River town ... More

Keywords: Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormonism, tourism, pilgrimage, restoration, memorials, religious conflict, social history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042102
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott C. Esplin, author
Brigham Young University