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A Prophet, a Candidate, and a Just Cause

TitleA Prophet, a Candidate, and a Just Cause
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsSainsbury, Derek R.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsPolitics; Religious Freedom; Smith, Joseph, Jr.

Spencer McBride’s book is the deepest look yet into Joseph Smith’s 1844 campaign for president of the United States. In smooth-paced and readable detail, McBride’s work expertly demonstrates the unique Latter-day Saint genesis for the campaign and how it fit into the wider American social-political environment. Its message regarding religious liberty is as applicable today as it was nearly two centuries ago.

Review of Spencer W. McBride, Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021). 269 pages, $29.95 (hardcover).