Milton V. Backman Jr. teaching papers, 1960-1991
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Contains slides, teaching lessons, syllabi, history trip schedules, and other teaching material that Milton Backman used. Topics included in these materials are the creation of the Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith's ancestry and the First Vision, the publication of the Book of Mormon, the Boston Massacre, the American abolition of slavery, and various other topics pertaining to Mormon and American history. Dated 1960-1991.
- Backman, Milton V., Jr., 1927-2016 (creator, Person)
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Milton V. Backman Jr. (1927-2016) is a historian of American religions with particular emphasis on the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Milton Vaughn Backman Jr. was born on June 11, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enlisted in the Maritime Service near the end of World War II. After his Maritime Service, he served a mission in South Africa for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He then served in the Korean War. On his birthday in 1953 he married Kathleen McLatchy. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Utah in 1954. He then went on to receive his PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. He was a professor of church history at Brigham Young University from 1960 to 1991.
He published many books including American Religions and the Rise of Mormonism, Christian Churches of America: Origins and Beliefs, Eyewitness Accounts of the Restoration, and many more. After retiring he served several short-term LDS missions in Nauvoo, Illinois and two additional LDS missions with his second wife Sharon Richey, in Nauvoo and Kirtland, Ohio. Backman died on February 6, 2016 in Herriman, Utah.
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