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Bushman, Richard L.

Works: 114 works in 291 publications in 1 language and 19,375 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Church history  Sources  Juvenile works  Diaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Sacred books 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer
Classifications: BX8695.S6, 289.309034
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Most widely held works by Richard L Bushman
Joseph Smith and the beginnings of Mormonism by Richard L Bushman( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 3,446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The core of Mormon belief was a conviction about actual events. The test of faith was not adherence to a certain confession of faith but belief that Christ was resurrected, that Joseph Smith saw God, that the Book of Mormon was true history and not philosophy, and that Peter, James, and John restored the apostleships
Joseph Smith : rough stone rolling by Richard L Bushman( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the life of the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints, from his hardscrabble early life in rural New York, to the visions that inspired The Book of Mormon, and his untimely death at the hands of a mob in 1844
From Puritan to Yankee : character and the social order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 by Richard L Bushman( Book )

56 editions published between 1967 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The years from 1690 to 1765 in America have usually been considered a waiting period before the Revolution. Mr. Bushman, in his penetrating study of colonial Connecticut, takes another view. He shows how, during these years, economic ambition and religious ferment profoundly altered the structure of Puritan society, enlarging the bounds of liberty and inspiring resistance to established authority. This is an investigation of the strains that accompanied the growth of liberty in an authoritarian society. Mr. Bushman traces the deterioration of Puritan social institutions and the consequences for human character. He does this by focusing on day-to-day life in Connecticut--on the farms, in the churches, and in the town meetings. Controversies within the towns over property, money, and church discipline shook the land of steady habits, and the mounting frustration of common needs compelled those in authority, in contradiction to Puritan assumptions, to become more responsive to popular demands. In the Puritan setting these tensions were inevitably given a moral significance. Integrating social and economic interpretations, Mr. Bushman explains the Great Awakening of the 1740's as an outgrowth of the stresses placed on the Puritan character. Men, plagued with guilt for pursuing their economic ambitions and resisting their rulers, became highly susceptible to revival preaching. The Awakening gave men a new vision of the good society. The party of the converted, the New Lights, which also absorbed people with economic discontents, put unprecedented demands on civil and ecclesiastical authorities. The resulting dissension moved Connecticut, almost unawares, toward republicanattitudes and practices. Disturbed by the turmoil, many observers were, by 1765, groping toward a new theory of social order that would reconcile traditional values with their eighteenth-century experiences. Vividly written, full of illustrative detail, the manuscript of this book has been called by Oscar Handlin one of the most important works of American history in recent years
The refinement of America : persons, houses, cities by Richard L Bushman( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this illuminating analysis of early American society, Richard Bushman traces the introduction of gentility into the life of the nation. He explores the concern for stylishness, taste, beauty, and politeness that began to be felt in America after 1700, and examines how this concern changed our environment and culture. Bushman makes clear that the quest for gentility, far from being trivial, was the serious pursuit of a personal and social ideal with sources in classical and Renaissance literature. In Europe, the growing interest in manners and beautiful environments was connected to the power of royal courts. In America, the transformation of architecture, furnishings, and wardrobes - from plain, rudimentary, and frugal, to decorative and sumptuous - was linked to the transfer of power to the colonial gentry. Gentility was the culture of the colonies' ruling elite. After the Revolution, gentility spread to a broad middle class, as an essentially aristocratic culture was democratized. The change affected nearly every aspect of life. The spread of gentility turned the conduct of ordinary people into a performance. Courtesy books taught people how to hold their bodies, and how to dress, eat, and converse in a pleasing way. The wish to be pleasing came to encompass virtually every form of behavior and every aspect of the physical environment, from houses and yards to public buildings and the adornment of streets. Factories sprang up to supply a vast new market for furniture, dishes, curtains, and carpets. Cities and towns planted trees, landscaped parks and greens, and erected fashionable hotels and churches. All of these developments were part of a vast effort to present a refined face to the world and to create a new kind of society. Bushman stresses that these visions of a more elegant life both complemented and competed with other American values associated with evangelical religion, republicanism, capitalism, and the work ethic. The melding with other values resulted in contradictions that were not easily resolved and that provided much cultural work for writers and theologians. Finally, he argues that gentility gained strength from collaboration with capitalism, but in a way that blunted class conflict. The combination of capitalism, republicanism, and gentility prevented the hardening of class consciousness. Instead there emerged a belief in the right of every citizen to membership in the middle class
Mormons in America by Claudia L Bushman( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints beginning in America in the early 1800s and continuing to the present day throughout the world
The Great Awakening : documents on the revival of religion, 1740-1745 by Richard L Bushman( Book )

21 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most twentieth-century Americans fail to appreciate the power of Christian conversion that characterized the eighteenth-century revivals, especially the Great Awakening of the 1740s. The common disdain in this secular age for impassioned religious emotion and language is merely symptomatic of the shift in values that has shunted revivals to the sidelines. The very magnitude of the previous revivals is one indication of their importance. Between 1740 and 1745 literally thousands were converted. From New England to the southern colonies, people of all ages and all ranks of society underwent the New Birth. Virtually every New England congregation was touched. It is safe to say that most of the colonists in the 1740s, if not converted themselves, knew someone who was, or at least heard revival preaching. The Awakening was a critical event in the intellectual and ecclesiastical life of the colonies. The colonists' view of the world placed much importance on conversion. Particularly, Calvinist theology viewed the bestowal of divine grace as the most crucial occurrence in human life. Besides assuring admission to God's presence in the hereafter, divine grace prepared a person for a fullness of life on earth. In the 1740s the colonists, in overwhelming numbers, laid claim to the divine power which their theology offered them. Many experienced the moral transformation as promised. In the Awakening the clergy's pleas of half a century came to dramatic fulfillment. Not everyone agreed that God was working in the Awakening. Many believed preachers to be demagogues, stirring up animal spirits. The revival was looked on as an emotional orgy that needlessly disturbed the churches and frustrated the true work of God. But from 1740 to 1745 no other subject received more attention in books and pamphlets. Through the stirring rhetoric of the sermons, theological treatises, and correspondence presented in this collection, readers can vicariously participate in the ecstasy as well as in the rage generated by America's first national revival
Mormonism : a very short introduction by Richard L Bushman( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Beginning with a handful of members in 1830, the church that Joseph Smith founded has grown into a world-wide organization with over 12 million adherents, playing prominent roles in politics, sports, entertainment, and business. Yet they are an oddity. They are considered wholesome, conservative, and friendly on one hand, and clannish, weird, and self-righteous on the other. Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction explains who Mormons are: what they believe and how they live their lives. Written by Richard Lyman Bushman, an eminent historian and practicing Mormon, this compact, informative volume ranges from the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the contentious issues of contemporary Mormonism. Bushman argues that Joseph Smith still serves as the Mormons' Moses. Their everyday religious lives are still rooted in his conceptions of true Christianity. They seek revelation to solve life's problems just as he did. They believe the authority to seal families together for eternity was restored through him. They understand their lives as part of a spiritual journey that started in a "council in heaven" before the world began just as he taught. Bushman's account also describes the tensions and sorrows of Mormon life. How are Mormons to hold on to their children in a world of declining moral standards and rampant disbelief? How do rational, educated Mormons stand up to criticisms of their faith? How do single Mormons fare in a church that emphasizes family life? The book also examines polygamy, the various Mormon scriptures, and the renegade fundamentalists who tarnish the LDS image when in fact they're not members. In a time when Mormons such as Mitt Romney and Harry Reid are playing prominent roles in American society, this engaging introduction enables readers to judge for themselves how Mormon teachings shape the character of believers
Uprooted Americans : essays to honor Oscar Handlin( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King and people in provincial Massachusetts by Richard L Bushman( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Building the kingdom : a history of Mormons in America by Claudia L Bushman( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mormonism is one of the world's fastest growing religions, doubling its membership every 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal denomination of the Mormon church) is now 10 million strong, with more than half of its membership coming from outside the United States. More than 88 million copies of The Book of Mormon have been printed, and it has been translated into more than 50 languages. Mormons in America tells the tumultuous story of this religious group, from its humble origins in small-town New York State in 1830 to its present heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, go deep behind Mormon rites and traditions, take us along the adventurous trail of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous erection of Salt Lake City in the desert, and draw us into the dozens of skirmishes, verbal attacks, and court battles between Mormons and their neighbors, other religions, the media, and the American government
Journals by Joseph Smith( Book )

in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the journal entries capture in detail the words and actions of Joseph Smith, Jr., he neither wrote nor dictated them. They are actually the work of several companions who acted as his scribes or private secretaries, among them Willard Richards and William Clayton--Volume 3, pages 4-5
Believing history : Latter-day Saint essays by Richard L Bushman( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Smith cannot be dismissed as a colorful fraud, Bushman argues, nor seen only as a restorer of religious truth. Entangled in nineteenth-century Yankee culture -- including the skeptical Enlightenment -- Smith was nevertheless an original who cut his own path. And while there are multiple contexts from which to draw an understanding of Joseph Smith (including magic, seekers, the Second Great Awakening, communitarianism, restorationism, and more), Bushman suggests that Smith stood at the cusp of modernity and presented the possibility of belief in a time of growing skepticism. When examined carefully, the Book of Mormon is found to have intricate subplots and peculiar cultural twists. Bushman discusses the book's ambivalence toward republican government, explores the culture of the Lamanites (the enemies of the favored people), and traces the book's fascination with records, translation, and history. Yet Believing History also sheds light on the meaning of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon today. How do we situate Mormonism in American history? Is Mormonism relevant in the modern world? Believing History offers many surprises. Believers will learn that Joseph Smith is more than an icon, and non-believers will find that Mormonism cannot be summed up with a simple label. - Publisher
Documents( Book )

in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Volume 1-July 1828-June 1831, marks the beginning of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. When complete, the Documents series will publish more than a thousand documents created, authorized, or owned by Joseph Smith, including each of his revelations in its earliest form, reports of his discourses, and correspondence ... Among the contents of this volume are more than five dozen revelations that were presented in the first-person voice of Jesus Christ, including texts later published in the Doctrine and Covenants, the expansive "visions of Moses" (now found in the Pearl of Great Price), and revelations never canonized. In addition, several documents in this volume trace the process of translating and printing the Book of Mormon, as well as early efforts to evangelize using the book and its message."
Making space for the Mormons by Richard L Bushman( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Smith histories, 1832-1844 by Joseph Smith( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features Joseph Smith's first five journals and reflects the beginning of Mormon record keeping in the Church's earliest years
On the road with Joseph Smith : an author's diary by Richard L Bushman( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Come all you gallant heroes : the world of the Revolutionary soldier( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War & peace in our time : Mormon perspectives( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love letters of Joseph and Emma( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores Joseph and Emma Smith's close and loving partnership through the lens of their personal correspondence to each other. Paired with stunning illustrations by renowned artist Liz Lemon Swindle, this engaging history provides insight into the lives and glimpses into the heart of the founder of the LDS Church and his 'elect lady'
Parallels and convergences : Mormon thought and engineering vision( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Bushman, Richard 1931-

Bushman, Richard L.

Bushman, Richard Lyman.

Bushman, Richard Lyman 1931-

Lyman Bushman, Richard 1931-

Richard Bushman American historian

Richard Bushman Amerikaans historicus

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Joseph Smith : rough stone rollingFrom Puritan to Yankee : character and the social order in Connecticut, 1690-1765The refinement of America : persons, houses, citiesMormons in AmericaThe Great Awakening : documents on the revival of religion, 1740-1745Mormonism : a very short introductionKing and people in provincial MassachusettsBuilding the kingdom : a history of Mormons in America