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Marvelous Ripples through Time and Mind

TitleMarvelous Ripples through Time and Mind
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsGardner, Brant A.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsGold Plates

The gold plates were only a physically present artifact for a brief time and only for a select few people. Then they were gone, but the effect of their original presence echoes and reverberates through the history of how people have reacted to the reports of the plates. Bushman’s cultural history examines a wide range of responses, covering not just the familiar apologetic and critical responses, but also the way literature and art have represented them.

Review of Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith’s Gold Plates: A Cultural History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2023). 264 pages, $34.95 (hardback).