Megan Stanton, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Newberry

Megan Stanton, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, April 9, 2021

3-4:30pm CDT

Virtual Seminar via Zoom, Register for Link

Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar

Many Joseph Smiths: Sectional Competition and the “Mormon Question,” Megan Stanton

As nineteenth-century critics questioned whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was compatible with United States political culture, they considered solutions including a proposal to diminish Brigham Young’s authority by bringing Joseph Smith III to Utah Territory. Smith was the son of the Mormon movement’s founder and president of the rival Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This paper argues for the significance of sectional competition in the evolution of ideas about Mormon authority. Reactions to Smith’s Reorganized Church reshaped debates about religious governance, both within and without Young’s Latter-day Saint Church.

Respondent: David Walker, UC Santa Barbara

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, email Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.