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Review of Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volumes 7–9

TitleReview of Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volumes 7–9
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsBennett, Richard E.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsLatter-day Saint History (1820-1846); Nauvoo, IL; Smith, Joseph, Jr.

Following the finest contemporary standards of documentary editing employed in such similar on-going, multivolume publication enterprises as The Papers of George Washington, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, and The Papers of James Madison,1 these three volumes—volumes 7–9 of the Documents series—cover Latter-day Saint history from the arrival of the Saints in Commerce, Illinois, in 1839 after their expulsion from Missouri until the end of April 1842—a period of three very eventful years. In large and very readable text and consistent formatting, they cover the formative period of settlement in what became “Nauvoo, the Beautiful.”