Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900

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Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter–day Saints, 1830–1990
Author Leonard J. Arrington
Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2004

Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900

Reviewer Richard D. Poll

No more significant and informative book on Mormon and Utah history has been produced in the last decade than Great Basin Kingdom. As a storehouse of facts and insights in which layman and scholar alike find fascinating shopping, it has already established its right to a place on the bookshelf of every serious devotee of the historical subject matter with which it deals.

Professor Arrington, a member of the Department of Economics at the Utah State University, has obviously lived with his research for most of his adult life. The annotated bibliography and chapter notes which occupy almost twenty per cent of the volume (pp. 415Ð515) will prompt generations of seminar students to rise up and call the author blessed because of the clues for further investigation which abound in it. Despite the bulk and inconvenient location of the notes, no reader is well advised to ignore them, for they contain important supplementary information and many intriguing quotations from contemporary sermons and documents. Example, from the recollections of Robert Gardner, Jr., on the early days of the Dixie Cotton Mission.

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