Some Thoughts Regarding an Unwritten History of Nauvoo



Until the 1970s, most Nauvoo historical literature had dealt with the Church-related activities accomplished by the male leaders. Godfrey challenges LDS scholars to consider the stories of women and children, who were an equally important part of the city; on the whole, the families of outgoing missionaries tended to be in Nauvoo for longer than the missionaries themselves. Sickness and death were common occurrences, as were hunger, loneliness, and many other trials. Such things were common in the lives of American pioneers in general; was there something unique and significant about the way Mormons dealt with the tragedies inherent in life? Records of this era can be found in journals, newspapers, letters, and even the inhabitants’ choice of literature. The untold stories of these Saints promise a new perspective on the Mormons in Nauvoo.


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