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Copyright: 2010
Trim: 6 x 9
Pages: 192 pp.
Illustrations: 5 illustrations

PAPER
978-0-8425-2752-1
$21.95
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The Best of the St. Louis Luminary

Edited by Susan Easton Black

BYU Studies

Mormon Studies

St. Louis was a major trailhead along the Mississippi River that attracted thousands of Mormons in the 1850s, where they set up shops, practiced their trades, and formed congregations. It was there that Erastus Snow published the St. Louis Luminary, a weekly newspaper featuring epistles from church leaders, doctrinal treatises in defense of Mormon practices—especially plural marriage—and news and letters from the Salt Lake Valley.

This book includes a searchable DVD of all issues of all of the newspapers, complete with scholarly annotations.


Susan Easton Black is professor of church history at Brigham Young University.


Table of Contents:

Saint Louis Luminary: The Latter-day Saint Experience at the Mississippi River, 1854–1855, Susan Easton Black

1. General Epistle of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2. Counsel from Brigham Young and the First Presidency

3. Minutes of Church Conferences Held at St. Louis, Missouri (November 4, 1854–October 6–8, 1855)

4. Counsel from the Leadership of the St. Louis Stake

5. Defense of Plural Marriage

6. Prospect of a Mormon War

7. Poetry

8. Letters from the Mission Field

9. Westward-Bound Emigrants

10. Marriages

11. Deaths

12. Words of Wisdom

13. Humor

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