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By Thomas W. Simpson

within the remaining many years of the 19th century, college-age Latter-day Saints all started venture a amazing highbrow pilgrimage to the nation's elite universities, together with Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Chicago, and Stanford. Thomas W. Simpson chronicles the academic migration of countless numbers of LDS scholars from the 1860s through the overdue Thirties, while church authority J. Reuben Clark Jr., himself a fabricated from the Columbia college legislation university, 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 signify 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 Simpson, drawing on unpublished diaries, between different fabrics, exhibits how LDS scholars normally defined American universities as egalitarian areas that fostered a in my view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 non secular and medical views. On campus, Simpson argues, Mormon separatism died and a brand new, smooth 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 clinical suggestion, progressivism, and the historicity of Mormonism's sacred previous. The scars and controversy, Simpson concludes, linger.

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