Book Explores History of the Mormon Church

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Friday marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon Church. Richard Bushman, author of the new book, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, discusses the religious environment during Smith's lifetime.


Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

Mario Depillis, professor emeritus of American Social and Religious History at University of Massachusetts at Amherst



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