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I was going to add that for most historical narratives, discussion of the evidence and sources comes out most clearly in detailed footnotes; discussion of the facts occupies most of the body of the narrative; and discussion of the interpretive framework -- the historian's thesis or interpretation -- comes out most visibly in the introduduction and conclusion, or sometimes the first and last chapter.

I think that holds very true for Bushman's Rough Stone Rolling. The footnotes, with extended discussion of opposing views and sources, are almost like a separate book, which might be entitled "Discussion of Sources and Evidence for a Biography of Joseph Smith."

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