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By Thomas W. Simpson

within the ultimate a long time of the 19th century, college-age Latter-day Saints begun project a awesome highbrow pilgrimage to the nation's elite universities, together with Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Chicago, and Stanford. Thomas W. Simpson chronicles the academic migration of thousands of LDS scholars from the 1860s through the past due Thirties, whilst church authority J. Reuben Clark Jr., himself a made from the Columbia college legislation college, 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 Simpson, drawing on unpublished diaries, between different fabrics, indicates how LDS scholars often defined American universities as egalitarian areas that fostered a for my part 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 used to be born: a Mormonism at domestic within the usa yet at odds with itself. Fierce battles between Mormon students and church leaders ensued over medical idea, progressivism, and the historicity of Mormonism's sacred earlier. The scars and controversy, Simpson concludes, linger.

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