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Mormon Studies Lecture: “Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier”

Join us for a Mormon Studies lecture with Benjamin E. Park. In this discussion, Park will discuss his new book Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier which will be released with W.W. Norton/Liveright in February 2020.

The Kingdom of Nauvoo uses recently released sources, to excavate the brief, tragic life of a lost Mormon city, demonstrating that the Mormons are essential to understanding American history writ large. Park shows that far from being outsiders, the Mormons were representative of their era in their distrust of democracy and their attempt to forge a sovereign society of their own.”

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Benjamin E. Park
Associate Professor of History
Sam Houston State University

Benjamin Park

Benjamin E. Park received degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Cambridge. Park also spent two years as the inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy.

Park’s research focuses on the intersection between religion, culture, and democratic thought between the American Revolution and the Civil War, often within an Atlantic context. He has written op-eds and essays for Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Salt Lake Tribune. Park has become a national voice for issues concerning American religion and politics.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested.