Dale L. Morgan (1914–1971) remains one of the most respected historians of the American West—and his broad and influential career one of the least understood. Among today’s scholars his reputation rests largely on his studies of the fur trade and overland trails, yet throughout his life, Morgan’s perennial goal was to complete a history of the Latter Day Saints. In this volume—the second of a two-part set—Morgan’s writings on the Mormons finally receive the attention and analysis they merit.

Dale Morgan on the Mormons is a far-reaching compilation of the historian’s published and unpublished writings. Edited and annotated by Morgan scholar Richard L. Saunders, the collection includes not only essays but also book reviews and bibliographic studies, many published here for the first time. At the heart of this second volume is a newly corrected presentation of Morgan’s unfinished magnum opus, “The Mormons.” Also included are a number of forgotten treasures, including Morgan’s still-definitive article on the Emmett Company, which headed west from Nauvoo in 1844 as the first party of westering Latter Day Saints; his privately distributed bibliography of the lesser Mormon churches; and the historian’s last published reflections on the Mormon experience. Throughout, Saunders provides informative introductions that place each of the writings or groups of writings into biographical and historical context.

About The Author
Dale Morgan is the author of Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West and The Great Salt Lake, among other publications.

Richard L. Saunders was a professor at the University of Tennessee, Martin, where he headed the library’s public services department and taught U.S. history. He is the author of Dale Morgan on the Mormons and A Lady’s Ranch Life in Montana.


Will Bagley is an independent historian who has written about overland emigration, frontier violence, railroads, mining, and the Mormons. Bagley has published extensively over the years and is the author and editor of many books, articles, and reviews in professional journals. Bagley is the series editor of Arthur H. Clark Company's documentary history series, KINGDOM IN THE WEST: The Mormons and the American Frontier. Bagley has been a Wallace Stegner Centennial Fellow at the University of Utah and the Archibald Hanna, Jr. Fellow in American History at Yale University's Beinecke Library. Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows has won numerous awards including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America, the Bancroft History Prize from the Denver Public Library, Westerners International Best Book, and the Western History Association Caughey Book Prize for the most distinguished book on the history of the American West. So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848 is the first of four volumes of Overland West: The Story of the Oregon and California Trails Series.
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1 b&w illus.
480 Pages
Hardcover 978-0-87062-423-0
Leather bound 978-0-87062-424-7
Published October 2013
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