Saturday, May 24, 2008

2008 Mormon History Awards

  • Best book: People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture by Terryl L. Givens, Oxford University Press.
  • Best first book: Religion, Politics, and Sugar: The Mormon Church, the Federal Government, and the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, 1907-1921 by Matthew C. Godfrey, Utah State University Press; and Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Minors, and Southern Paiutes by W. Paul Reeve, University of Illinois Press.
  • Best biography: Dave Rust: A Life in the Canyons by Frederick H. Swanson, University of Utah Press.
  • Best documentary: In the President's Office: The Diaries of L. John Nuttal, 1879-1892, edited by Jedediah S. Rogers, Signature Books.
  • Best international Mormon history: Anson Bowen Call: Bishop of Colonia Dublan by William G. Hartley, Lorna Call Alder, and H. Lane Johnson, published by L.C. Alder.
  • Best article: "Death, The Great War, and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic as Context for Doctrine and Covenants 138," by George S. Tate, BYU Studies, Spring 2007.
  • Awards of excellence: "The Mormon Hierarchy and the MX," by Jacob W. Olmstead, Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2007; and "Places That Can Be Easily Defended: A Case Study in the Economics of Abandonment During Utah's
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  • Black Hawk War," by W. Paul Reeve, Utah Historical Quarterly, Summer 2007.
  • Student awards (graduate): "Holiness to the Lord: Delineating and Maintaining the Symbolic Boundaries of Zion," by Stanley Thayne, Brigham Young University; and "The Crisis of Mormon Christology: History, Progress, and Protestantism, 1880-1930," by Matthew Bowman, Georgetown University.
  • Student award (undergraduate): "Return to Anti-Mormonism: Fred Dubois and the Reed Smoot Hearings," by John Brumbaugh, Brigham Young University
  • Best dissertation: "Mormons, Polygamy and the American Body Politic: Contesting Citizenship, 1852-1890," by Christine Talbot, University of Michigan.
  • Best theses: "A Peculiar Place for the Peculiar Institution: Slavery and Sovereignty in Early Territorial Utah," by Nathaniel R. Ricks, Brigham Young University; and "Police Work on the Mormon Trail, 1846-1847," by Jeremy S. Parkin, California State University, Long Beach.

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