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Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon

Quincy D. Newell

Abstract

In this biography of Jane Elizabeth Manning James, Quincy D. Newell traces the life of a free African American woman who converted to Mormonism in the early 1840s and remained a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS, or Mormon, Church) for the rest of her life. James worked as a servant for LDS founder Joseph Smith and his successor Brigham Young. She traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the church and lived there until her death in 1908. In the last decades of her life, James persistently requested permission to perform the temple rituals that would ensure that s ... More

Keywords: race, gender, Mormonism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Church, black Mormons, African Americans, women, biography, ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199338665
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199338665.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Quincy D. Newell, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College