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Prologue: Joseph Smith Ran for President?
Seeking “Power to Protect the Innocent”
Quest for the Presidency—and a Kingdom in the West
Called and Sent Forth: Electioneer Profiles
A Campaign to “Revolutionize the World”
Personal Stories of “Storming the Nation”
The Assassination and Aftermath
Contributions to the Succession and Exodus, 1844–1847
Deseret: Emerging Aristarchy of the Kingdom, 1848–1851
Religious Aristarchy of the Kingdom, 1851–1869
Political, Social, and Economic Aristarchy of the Kingdom, 1851–1869
Theodemocracy’s Twilight, 1869–1896
A Lost but Lasting Legacy
List of Electioneers
About the Book
This volume uncovers the significant but previously unknown contributions of the electioneers who advocated for Joseph Smith’s 1844 presidential campaign. The focus is the cadre of more than six hundred political missionaries—who they were before the campaign, their activities and experiences as electioneers, and who they became following the campaign’s untimely collapse. This book recounts their important and even crucial contributions they made in the succession crisis, the exodus from the United States, and the building of Zion in the Great Basin. Importantly, this narrative describes how their campaigning with the Quorum of Twelve Apostles using theodemocratic themes, coupled with the shock of Joseph Smith’s assassination, steeled and subsequently spurred many of them into effective religious, political, social, and economic leaders—leaders who shaped Latter-day Saint history.
Published in 2020
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