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By Thomas W. Simpson

within the final many years of the 19th century, college-age Latter-day Saints all started venture a outstanding highbrow pilgrimage to the nation's elite universities, together with Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Chicago, and Stanford. Thomas W. Simpson chronicles the academic migration of hundreds and hundreds of LDS scholars from the 1860s through the overdue Thirties, while church authority J. Reuben Clark Jr., himself a made of the Columbia collage legislation institution, gave a reactionary speech approximately younger Mormons' look for highbrow cultivation. Clark's management helped to set conservative parameters that during huge half got here to represent Mormon highbrow life.

At the outset, Mormon men and women have been purposefully dispatched to such universities to "gather the world's wisdom to Zion." Simpson, drawing on unpublished diaries, between different fabrics, indicates how LDS scholars more often than not defined American universities as egalitarian areas that fostered a in my view transformative feel of freedom to discover provisional reconciliations of Mormon and American identities and spiritual and medical views. On campus, Simpson argues, Mormon separatism died and a brand new, sleek Mormonism was once born: a Mormonism at domestic within the usa yet at odds with itself. Fierce battles between Mormon students and church leaders ensued over medical notion, progressivism, and the historicity of Mormonism's sacred prior. The scars and controversy, Simpson concludes, linger.

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