In episode 36 of The Mormon Book Review, Matthew Godfrey joins Kirk Caudle to discuss The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Volume 2, July 1831–January 1833. Godfrey details the early establishment of the city of Zion and letters that Joseph Smith sent to wife Emma. He reflects on the personal side of the prophet and provides his own opinion on Smith’s early leadership style. Godfrey also provides a brief update on the upcoming publication of the Council of Fifty minutes.
Matthew C. Godfrey is managing historian of The Joseph Smith Papers and co-editor of volumes in the Documents series. He holds a PhD in American and public history from Washington State University. Before joining the project, he worked for eight years at Historical Research Associates, a historical and archaeological consulting firm headquartered in Missoula, Montana, serving as president of the company from 2008 to 2010. He is the author of Religion, Politics, and Sugar: The Mormon Church, the Federal Government, and the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, 1907-1921, which was a co-winner of the Mormon History Association’s Smith-Pettit Award for Best First Book. He has also published articles in Agricultural History and Pacific Northwest Quarterly and has presented papers at conferences of the Mormon History Association, the National Council on Public History, the American Society for Environmental History, and the Western History Association, among other organizations.
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