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Thanks for these summaries, Dave. As I haven't read the book, I really appreciate them. My main question relates to how Bringhurst situates BY within the western history narrative. The title implies that Bringhurst is interested in the place of the Mormons in the "expanding American frontier." How does he define "frontier"? Writing in 1986, he would have just barely missed Patty Limerick's The Legacy of Conquest (1987) and the debates surrounding the New Western History, but historians were talking about Limerick's themes prior to the publishing of her book. As I'm sure you know, Turner defined the "frontier" as the democratizing process Americans experienced when going west, while the NWH's defined the West as a geographic region. Does Bringhurst address these wider questions, or does he basically assume a Turnerian framework?

David, Bringhurst does touch on that in the last chapter, where he notes that in his last years Brigham struggled with how the collapse of distance with the arrival of the railroad (an aspect of the closing frontier) would affect the Mormon community. I cover that a bit in Part 4 (which is in the can but won't post for a couple of days).

Thanks, Dave. I'll look for part 4.

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