is to place rhetorical analyses of Webster's major orations within a narrative of his political career.
Forsberg examines several well-known events in early Mormon history: Martin Harris's encounter with linguist Charles Anthon, in which Anthon purportedly fulfilled a scriptural destiny when he proclaimed that he could not "read a sealed book"; the loss of the first 116 pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript, which were never rewritten; and Smith's method
of "translation," which, according to Mormon tradition and history, involved the use of the Urim and Thummim.
One wishes Goldman had explored Smith's method
more thoroughly, even if the benefit might have accrued more to Mormon than Jewish history.
, as well as his client manual, contains elements that may promote the creation of false memories.
The tools of Smith's method
, specifically her recognition of the importance of texts, language and discourse in the social organization of people's knowledge of the everyday world, became a matter of some contention during the last decades of the 20th century.
Redman's assessment of Smith's method
not only illustrates her analysis of Smith but summarizes her efforts as well: "the richness of Smith's method