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Reviews of American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940, winner of the Mormon History Association’s best book award:

“Excellent scholarship on social and educational history as it pertains to religion.” — Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

An elegant, original contribution and a must-read for anyone interested in American religion and the life of the mind. Thomas W. Simpson’s scholarly heavy lifting–painstakingly tracing the Progressive Era Mormons who passed through American universities–forces a substantial reassessment of previous ‘Americanization’ theses. Simpson decenters polygamy (no mean feat) and places intellectual history and education at the heart of LDS navigation of both modernity and national identity.“– J. Spencer Fluhman, Brigham Young University

“American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism tells an important story of the development of Mormon intellectual life. The risks experienced by young Mormons and church leaders alike as students departed the ‘kingdom’ for education in the early part of the twentieth century is an essential and necessary part of the history of the formation of an educated Mormon community and the creation of a true Mormon intellectual community.” — Jan Shipps, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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