Jortner wins Mormon History Association Best Book Award

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The Mormon History Association, or MHA, honored Goodwin-Philpott Professor of Religion Adam Jortner of the History Department with its annual Best Book Award for his latest work, “No Place for Saints: Mobs and Mormons in Jacksonian America.”

MHA recognized “No Place for Saints” with the Best Book Award for Excellence in Mormon History Scholarship. Jortner said he was honored to be included in a list of winners who shaped the way the country talks about faith and politics in America.

“It’s a huge honour. I still can’t make up my mind, especially since the MHA isn’t just made up of academic historians — many ordinary Mormons participate and shape what they do,” Jortner said. “And being able to contribute to the way this country talks about religion and pushing that in the direction of civility and peace – that’s about all I ever wanted to do as a historian.”

Jortner’s book follows the Mormon church from its beginnings until its expulsion from the state of Missouri in the mid-1830s and explains how Mormonism and violent anti-Mormonism shaped American religious history. The book explores themes of religious freedom, religious hatred, and how different religions interact in American history.

“It’s the story of the early Mormons, presenting a whole bunch of different ideas about Christianity in the early United States, and how some people tried to stop them preaching – and some people tried to stop them shooting “Jortner said. “In just three years after Mormonism was founded, arguments about Mormons range from jokes about Mormonism to the need to shoot Mormons. So, I hope people will start to see that cruelty in our language can lead to cruelty in our actions.

“No Place for Saints” is available in bookstores and online.

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