The Book of Mormon (1830)

Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon: "one of the most controversial works ever published in the United States."

The Book of Mormon has been called "one of the most controversial works ever published in the United States." This sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement was published by Joseph Smith in 1830. According to him, it was translated into English from a collection of ancient writings engraved on golden plates, which he found buried near his home in Palmyra, New York.

The Latter Day Saints have been surrounded by controversy since their founding. In 1833, the Mormon printing office in Missouri was destroyed by local townspeople, who threw the press and type out of an upper story window and then razed the building. Joseph Smith himself was killed by a mob in 1844, and many of the Latter Day Saints eventually migrated to Utah to escape persecution. Even today, copies of The Book of Mormon are sometimes stolen from libraries or burned in protest.

Clements Library copy of The Book of Mormon