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Bushman, Richard L.

Works: 90 works in 230 publications in 1 language and 17,586 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Juvenile works  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diaries  Records and correspondence  Sacred books 
Roles: Editor, Composer
Classifications: BX8695.S6, 289.309034
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Most widely held works by Richard L Bushman
Joseph Smith and the beginnings of Mormonism by Richard L Bushman ( Book )
12 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 3,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The core of Mormon belief was a conviction about actual events. The test of faith was not adherence to a certain confession of faith but belief that Christ was resurrected, that Joseph Smith saw God, that the Book of Mormon was true history and not philosophy, and that Peter, James, and John restored the apostleships
From Puritan to Yankee; character and the social order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 by Richard L Bushman ( Book )
40 editions published between 1967 and 2005 in English and held by 2,640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mormonism a very short introduction by Richard L Bushman ( )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beginning with a handful of members in 1830, the church that Joseph Smith founded has grown into a world-wide organization with over 12 million adherents, playing prominent roles in politics, sports, entertainment, and business. Yet they are an oddity. They are considered wholesome, conservative, and friendly on one hand, and clannish, weird, and self-righteous on the other. Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction explains who Mormons are: what they believe and how they live their lives. Written by Richard Lyman Bushman, an eminent historian and practicing Mormon, this compact, informative volume
Joseph Smith : rough stone rolling by Richard L Bushman ( Book )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the life of the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints, from his hardscrabble early life in rural New York, to the visions that inspired The Book of Mormon, and his untimely death at the hands of a mob in 1844
Mormons in America by Claudia L Bushman ( Book )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 1,661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chronicles the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints beginning in America in the early 1800s and continuing to the present day throughout the world
The refinement of America : persons, houses, cities by Richard L Bushman ( Book )
18 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 1,217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this illuminating analysis of early American society, Richard Bushman traces the introduction of gentility into the life of the nation. He explores the concern for stylishness, taste, beauty, and politeness that began to be felt in America after 1700, and examines how this concern changed our environment and culture. Bushman makes clear that the quest for gentility, far from being trivial, was the serious pursuit of a personal and social ideal with sources in classical and Renaissance literature. In Europe, the growing interest in manners and beautiful environments was connected to the power of royal courts. In America, the transformation of architecture, furnishings, and wardrobes - from plain, rudimentary, and frugal, to decorative and sumptuous - was linked to the transfer of power to the colonial gentry. Gentility was the culture of the colonies' ruling elite. After the Revolution, gentility spread to a broad middle class, as an essentially aristocratic culture was democratized. The change affected nearly every aspect of life. The spread of gentility turned the conduct of ordinary people into a performance. Courtesy books taught people how to hold their bodies, and how to dress, eat, and converse in a pleasing way. The wish to be pleasing came to encompass virtually every form of behavior and every aspect of the physical environment, from houses and yards to public buildings and the adornment of streets. Factories sprang up to supply a vast new market for furniture, dishes, curtains, and carpets. Cities and towns planted trees, landscaped parks and greens, and erected fashionable hotels and churches. All of these developments were part of a vast effort to present a refined face to the world and to create a new kind of society. Bushman stresses that these visions of a more elegant life both complemented and competed with other American values associated with evangelical religion, republicanism, capitalism, and the work ethic. The melding with other values resulted in contradictions that were not easily resolved and that provided much cultural work for writers and theologians. Finally, he argues that gentility gained strength from collaboration with capitalism, but in a way that blunted class conflict. The combination of capitalism, republicanism, and gentility prevented the hardening of class consciousness. Instead there emerged a belief in the right of every citizen to membership in the middle class
Building the kingdom : a history of Mormons in America by Claudia L Bushman ( Book )
7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mormonism is one of the world's fastest growing religions, doubling its membership every 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal denomination of the Mormon church) is now 10 million strong, with more than half of its membership coming from outside the United States. More than 88 million copies of The Book of Mormon have been printed, and it has been translated into more than 50 languages. Mormons in America tells the tumultuous story of this religious group, from its humble origins in small-town New York State in 1830 to its present heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, go deep behind Mormon rites and traditions, take us along the adventurous trail of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous erection of Salt Lake City in the desert, and draw us into the dozens of skirmishes, verbal attacks, and court battles between Mormons and their neighbors, other religions, the media, and the American government
The Great Awakening : documents on the revival of religion, 1740-1745 by Richard L Bushman ( Book )
11 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uprooted Americans : essays to honor Oscar Handlin ( Book )
3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Believing history Latter-day Saint essays by Richard L Bushman ( )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Joseph Smith cannot be dismissed as a colorful fraud, Bushman argues, nor seen only as a restorer of religious truth. Entangled in nineteenth-century Yankee culture -- including the skeptical Enlightenment -- Smith was nevertheless an original who cut his own path. And while there are multiple contexts from which to draw an understanding of Joseph Smith (including magic, seekers, the Second Great Awakening, communitarianism, restorationism, and more), Bushman suggests that Smith stood at the cusp of modernity and presented the possibility of belief in a time of growing skepticism. When examined carefully, the Book of Mormon is found to have intricate subplots and peculiar cultural twists. Bushman discusses the book's ambivalence toward republican government, explores the culture of the Lamanites (the enemies of the favored people), and traces the book's fascination with records, translation, and history. Yet Believing History also sheds light on the meaning of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon today. How do we situate Mormonism in American history? Is Mormonism relevant in the modern world? Believing History offers many surprises. Believers will learn that Joseph Smith is more than an icon, and non-believers will find that Mormonism cannot be summed up with a simple label. - Publisher
King and people in provincial Massachusetts by Richard L Bushman ( Book )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Journals by Joseph Smith ( Book )
in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documents ( Book )
in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Making space for the Mormons by Richard L Bushman ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On the road with Joseph Smith : an author's diary by Richard L Bushman ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Come all you gallant heroes : the world of the Revolutionary soldier ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Love letters of Joseph and Emma ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores Joseph and Emma Smith's close and loving partnership through the lens of their personal correspondence to each other. Paired with stunning illustrations by renowned artist Liz Lemon Swindle, this engaging history provides insight into the lives and glimpses into the heart of the founder of the LDS Church and his 'elect lady'
War & peace in our time : Mormon perspectives ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Joseph Smith papers : revelations and translations manuscript revelation books by Joseph Smith ( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Parallels and convergences : Mormon thought and engineering vision ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Bushman, Richard L.
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