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New Essays on Mormon History: The Restoration Movement: Essays in Mormon History
Reviews I i6j Undoubtedly a number of the Golden anecdotes are in folk circulation; some have been published in folklore collections, and Hector Lee has issued a recording in which he retells some favorites. The anecdote titled "Built in a Day" is a well-known American folktale localized in various metropolises. In the present rendering, Golden is conducting some visiting dignitaries around Salt Lake City and pointing with pride to buildings speedily constructed by the Mormons. But his visitors put him down by saying that in their country they accomplish such feats in half the time. Finally the bus passes Temple Square and a dignitary points to the temple and asks what is the building. "Damned if I know," said Golden. "It wasn't there yesterday." Cheney assigns an informant for the tale, who turns out to be a fellow-folklorist, Jan Brunvand, but gives no further information. The "Cheney Collection" which is the main source cited may provide more explicit details on time, place, and narrator, but the folklorist would welcome this information here and he would request comparative annotation. Otherwise the reader cannot identify the folkloric anecdotes. Still, the basic data is available here, in the form of verbatim texts from oral tradition for the anecdotes and typical sermon passages from Conference Reports. They provide the student of folk tradition with an unusual opportunity to view the evolving of a legend corpus from Kimball's own speech to the tales told on him by a widening circle. Kimball's rhetoric is fresh, strong, direct, and itself filled with anecdote, pithy quotation and down-to-earth sentiment. Like other American characters in tradition, he is the storyteller who himself becomes the subject of stories. In J. Golden Kimball's case, the career of an outspoken mule skinner who came to hold high ecclesiastical office has provided sure-fire ingredients for the burgeoning of anecdotal legend. New Essays on Mormon History William J. Gilmore The Restoration Movement: Essays in Mormon History. Edited by F. Mark McKiernan, Alma R. Blair and Paul Edwards. Lawrence, Kansas: Coronado Press, 1973. 357 pp. $10.00 "It is still surprising," state the editors of this volume, "how little good material is available in many areas of Mormon history." To help correct this deficiency, F. Mark McKiernan of the Restoration Trails Foundation, and Alma Blair and Paul Edwards of Graceland College have collected a baker's dozen of essays, including one each by the editors, encompassing a broad range of topics basically within nineteenth century Mormon history. Only two of the thirteen essays concern themselves with the twentieth century. Ten essays focus on the Utah Latter-day Saints, two on the Reorganized Church, and one on the Strangite Church. Significantly, none of the essays has previously been published. Chapters One through Six concern themselves with the formative years through Joseph Smith's assassination, beginning with Larry Porter's "The Church in New York and Pennsylvania, 1816-1831." Porter offers us a carefully constructed