Episode 28 of the Mormon Book Review features W. Kesler Jackson, author of Elijah Abel: The Incredible True Story of a Black Pioneer. Host Kirk Caudle talks with Jackson about the possibility of two Elijah Abels, the Latter-day Saint priesthood/temple ban for black members, and Mormonism’s early proselytizing efforts toward the black community.
About W. Kesler Jackson
After completing a bachelor’s at BYU in Asian studies, Jackson went on to earn a master’s degree in the humanities from Penn State and a PhD in history from Syracuse University. In his position at Syracuse University’s department of history, Jackson has developed curricula for a number of courses, including “History of South Asia,” “History of the ‘Muslim World,'” “Competing World Histories to 1500,” and “Competing World Histories from 1500.”
He’s also the creator of Adventure Journey (now ExpeditionBase) and TextbookCheck. He is the author of The Tibet Gamble: Unraveling the Separate Struggle for the Land of Snows and numerous articles for a variety of academic journals, magazines, newspapers, high-level government reports, and websites.
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