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"'To do something extraordinary:' Mormon Women and the Creation of a Usable Past"

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dc.contributor.advisor Petrik, Paula Reeder, Jennifer
dc.creator Reeder, Jennifer en_US 2013-08-09T15:38:06Z 2013-08-09T15:38:06Z 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract On 17 March 1842, twenty-two women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered in Nauvoo, Illinois, under the direction of their prophet, Joseph Smith, to organize a female counterpart to priesthood and patriarchal leadership. The women elected lady leaders and established a purpose: to save souls and provide relief to the poor. "We are going to do something extraordinary," said Emma Smith, first Relief Society president. "We expect pressing calls and extraordinary occasions." The Relief Society engaged in religious, charitable, economic, political, and cultural activity and initiated a new emphasis on recording, remembering, and retaining the authority of the past.
dc.format.extent 389 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Jennifer Reeder en_US
dc.subject American history en_US
dc.subject Religious history en_US
dc.subject Women's studies en_US
dc.subject American Victorian en_US
dc.subject hair art en_US
dc.subject material culture en_US
dc.subject memory en_US
dc.subject Mormon en_US
dc.subject quilt en_US
dc.title "'To do something extraordinary:' Mormon Women and the Creation of a Usable Past" en_US
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en History en George Mason University en

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