Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon

Author:   Quincy D. Newell (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
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9780199338665


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon


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Dear Brother, Jane Manning James wrote to Joseph F. Smith in 1903, I take this opportunity of writing to ask you if I can get my endowments and also finish the work I have begun for my dead.... Your sister in the Gospel, Jane E. James. A faithful Latter-day Saint since her conversion sixty years earlier, James had made this request several times before, to no avail, and this time she would be just as unsuccessful, even though most Latter-day Saints were allowed to participate in the endowment ritual in the temple as a matter of course. James, unlike most Mormons, was black. For that reason, she was barred from performing the temple rituals that Latter-day Saints believe are necessary to reach the highest degrees of glory after death.A free black woman from Connecticut, James positioned herself at the center of LDS history with uncanny precision. After her conversion, she traveled with her family and other converts from the region to Nauvoo, Illinois, where the LDS church was then based. There, she took a job as a servant in the home of Joseph Smith, the founder and first prophet of the LDS church. When Smith was killed in 1844, Jane found employment as a servant in Brigham Young's home. These positions placed Jane in proximity to Mormonism's most powerful figures, but did not protect her from the church's racially discriminatory policies. Nevertheless, she remained a faithful member until her death in 1908.Your Sister in the Gospel is the first scholarly biography of Jane Manning James or, for that matter, any black Mormon. Quincy D. Newell chronicles the life of this remarkable yet largely unknown figure and reveals why James's story changes our understanding of American history.

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Author:   Quincy D. Newell (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 16.20cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 24.30cm
Weight:   0.474kg
ISBN:  

9780199338665


ISBN 10:   0199338663
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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Quincy D. Newell's new book Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, A Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon is a unique and valuable addition to the fields of both Mormon Studies and nineteenth-century American History. FairMormon


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Quincy D. Newell is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College. She has published several books and essays on the experiences of religious and racial/ethnic minorities in the American West. Among other honors, Newell received the 2018 Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize from the American Society of Church History and the 2017 Best Article in Mormon Women's History prize from the Mormon History Association for her work on Jane James.

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