This issue collects some of the previously-untold stories of the history of Nauvoo.
Eliza R. Snow’s Nauvoo journal, edited by Maureen Ursenbach, provides fresh insights into the sensitivities of this remarkable woman, her brother, Lorenzo, and into the struggle with writs and rights in the daily life of Joseph Smith. Ronald K. Esplin presents letters between John Taylor and his wife Leonora; James L. Kimball explores the unprecedented but also thoroughly American charter of Nauvoo, while T. Edgar Lyon shows how the Mississippi River was not only a land separation but also a doctrinal divider.
Kenneth W. Godfrey ponders what made Mormon life different from life in other American communities, Stanley Kimball previews his upcoming biography of Heber C. Kimball, and Thurmon Dean Moody writes about Nauvoo’s Whistling and Whittling Brigade and what a Mormon community can do when its legal defense mechanisms are removed.
Finally, James Allen and Malcolm Thorp trace the unique mission of the Twelve to Britain. Utilizing available journals of the leaders involved, as well as manuscripts of the converts, they relate the entire effort to the situation in Britain and especially to conditions of the working classes in mid-nineteenth century England.