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"A Selection of Sacred Hymns": Singing Women into Citizenship in Zion

Abstract Among the hundreds of hymnals published in the United States during the Second Great Awakening (1790–1850), the first official hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a rare example of a hymnal compiled by a woman. The Latter-day Saints wanted a hymnal adapted to their unique beliefs and emerging identity, and Emma Smith—the wife of founding prophet Joseph Smith—was given sole charge of selecting the hymns. The hymnal is also significant because Emma Smith selected and arranged hymns from 1830–1835, years of an emerging rhetoric for the early women’s rights movement. Nevertheless, few studies attend to Smith’s agency and priorities as a compiler, being preoccupied with the contributions of W. W. Phelps, the editor, prin... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Lundwall, Rachel (Author) / Goggin, Maureen Daly (Advisor) / Boyd, Patricia Webb (Committee member) / Brouwer, Daniel C. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Rhetoric / Women's studies / Religious history / Emma Smith / feminine style / form / hymnal / rhetorical agency / The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 103 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis English 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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