I’m excited to post our first podcast! I interviewed Margaret Young, a professor of English and Literature at BYU on the life of black Mormon Pioneer Jane Manning James. Listen to Margaret describe Jane’s conversion in Wilton, Connecticut, Jane’s travel by foot to Nauvoo, and her intimate relationship with every prophet from Joseph Smith through her death under President Wilford Woodruff. Especially interesting is Jane’s unusual sealing to the Prophet Joseph. It’s a truly inspiring tale, and I thank Margaret for sitting down with me to discuss Jane’s life. I hope you’ll come back when I post part 2 of our discussion with Margaret about her experiences dealing with race.
I wanted to ask what is everyone’s favorite history topic and why? Personally, I enjoy the controversial stuff, Mountain Meadows Massacre, polygamy, Haun’s Mill Massacre, etc. In preparation for Black History Month, I’ve recently completed interviews with Margaret Young and Paul Reeve concerning the race ban on black LDS church members, and I will be posting more information soon, but I’m curious what interests you. Who would you like to hear from? On what topics? What’s your biggest question concerning Mormon history?
Here is a poll with some topics I’m interested in. If I missed something you’re interested in, please add it to the text box and feel free to add comments below to tell me more! I tried to embed the poll, but couldn’t figure it out. Here is a link to the poll.
I will be interviewing Paul Reeve at the University of Utah on his book, Religion of a Different Color this afternoon. Do you have any questions I should ask him?