What's New in Mormon History: A Response to Jan Shipps

Document Type



Religion (CGU)

Publication Date



Arts and Humanities | Other Religion | Religion


No one is better qualified to comment on the state of Mormon history than Jan Shipps. Not only has she been an observer of the Mormon historiographical scene for half a century; she has been one of the most vigorous and influential participants. Her Mormonism broke new ground in the conceptualization of the Mormon past. I meant it when I said for the dust jacket: “This may be the most brilliant book ever written on Mormonism.” She is to be believed when she says Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling stands squarely in the tradition of the new Mormon history.

Rights Information

© 2007 by the Organization of American Historians