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Nauvoo: Mormon City on the Mississippi River

Nauvoo: Mormon City on the Mississippi River

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Nauvoo: Mormon City on the Mississippi River

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Oct 30, 2006


In 1839, persecuted Mormons fled Missouri, across the Mississippi River, seeking freedom from violence. They hoped to find a safe haven on the banks of the river in an Illinois city that they called Nauvoo, “the city beautiful.”

The Mormons did not flourish for long in Nauvoo. In neighboring cities some grew resentful of the prosperity that Joseph Smith and his people were enjoying. Religious misconceptions further fueled hostility toward the Mormons. Would the oft-persecuted Mormons have to flee their city beautiful?

Through poignant writing and photographs of Nauvoo today, Raymond Bial tells the story of the city that many Mormons consider to be the wellspring of their religion.
Oct 30, 2006

À propos de l'auteur

Raymond Bial is an acclaimed photoessayist for children. Four of his books were chosen as Notable Books in the Field of Social Studies by the NCSS. He lives in Urbana, Illinois, with his wife and children.

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Nauvoo - Raymond Bial


Mormon City on the Mississippi River

Raymond Bial





Houghton Mifflin Company

Boston 2006

Copyright © 2006 by Raymond Bial

All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce

selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company,

215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.


The text of this book is set in Berkeley Book.

Illustrations on [>], [>], [>], [>], and [>]

courtesy of Community of Christ Archives, Independence, Missouri.

All other photos by Raymond Bial.

Map by Jerry Malone.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Bial, Raymond.

Nauvoo : Mormon city on the Mississippi River / by Raymond Bial.

p. cm.

ISBN-13: 978-0-618-39685-6 (hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0-618-39685-3 (hardcover)

1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—Illinois—

Nauvoo—History—19th century—Juvenile literature. 2. Nauvoo (Ill.)—

Church history—19th century—Juvenile literature. I. Title.

BX8615.I3B53 2006 289.377343—dc22 2005027528

Printed in Singapore

TWP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

This book is dedicated to all the good people who have worked

to preserve and rebuild the community of Nauvoo.

I would like to thank the many people who helped in the research, writing,

and photography for this book, notably Nauvoo Restoration, Inc., Grant Anderson,

Steven L. Olsen, Russ Taylor, Ron Romig, and my editor, Erica Zappy.

In early 1839, members of the religious group known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints once again fled for their lives. Climbing onto wooden ferries, men, women, and children hurried across the Mississippi River from the state of Missouri to safety in Illinois.

The Mormons, as church members are known, had been persecuted from the very start. Their religion began in 1820 when a young man named Joseph Smith had a revelation near Palmyra, New York. Joseph later said, Two personages whose brightness and glory defy all description appeared before him. One of them spake unto me ... and said, pointing to the other: This is my Beloved Son. Hear Him.

The word Mormon came from another revelation of Joseph Smiths, occurring in 1823 when he was seventeen, in which an angel called Moroni appeared before him. The angel led Joseph to several hidden golden plates inscribed in reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics and a set of seer stones that enabled the young man to read the plates. In revelations from 1823 to 1827, the angel told Joseph that he was to translate these plates. Joseph then published his translation of the engravings on the plates as the Book of Mormon.

This book recounts the story of ancient Hebrew peoples who migrated to North America long before

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