Early Mormonism and the Magic World View

In this articulate and insightful book, D. Michael Quinn reconstructs the world view of an earlier age in America, finding ample evidence for treasure seeking and folk magic in Joseph Smith’s formative years. Folk magic was not unusual for the times and is important in understanding how Mormons may have interpreted developments. Quinn’s impressive research provides a much-needed background for the environment that produced Mormonism’s founding prophet.