This is part two of an interview with historian Paul Reeve, author of the new book Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, and Ardis Parshall, independent historian and author of the Keep-a-Pitchin-In Mormon history blog.
This episode focuses on the origins of the LDS Church’s restriction on priesthood ordination and temple attendance against black church members. Ardis Parshall joins us to talk about the value of lesser-known Latter-day Saints and their stories. Both historians reflect on how they negotiate difficult issues posed by church history in the context of their own religious faith.
A review of Religion of a Different Color is scheduled to appear in the next issue of the Mormon Studies Review. See part one of this episode here.
About the guests
W. Paul Reeve is an associate professor of history at the University of Utah. Oxford University Press published his latest book, Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, earlier this year.
Ardis E. Parshall is an independent historian in Salt Lake City, Utah. She runs the LDS history blog keepapitchinin.org.
Together they co-edited Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia.
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