Lucy Smith’s History and Abner Cole’s Piracy of Extracts from the Book of Mormon
church history, Joseph Smith, Lucy Smith, Book of Mormon
In 1969, Richard Lloyd Anderson addressed the issue of the accuracy of Lucy Mack Smith's well-known history of Joseph Smith. Noting the record's shortcomings, Anderson nevertheless praised Lucy for how well she remembered people and events from her eventful past. Comparing her 1853 published history with other records and reminiscent accounts, Anderson concluded that it was, for the most part, a remarkably reliable narrative for scholars interested in the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he reaffirmed its preeminent position among sources available to scholars of Joseph Smith.
Original Publication Citation
Andrew H. Hedges, “Lucy Smith’s History and Abner Cole’s Piracy of Extracts from the Book of Mormon,” Alexander L. Baugh, Andrew H. Hedges, ed., Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History–New York and Pennsylvania (Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2002), 49-67.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hedges, Andrew H., "Lucy Smith’s History and Abner Cole’s Piracy of Extracts from the Book of Mormon" (2002). Faculty Publications. 3762.
Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: New York and Pennsylvania
Church History and Doctrine
Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University