Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Re-purposing

What did early pioneer James Ririe’s wife use for material to make his Sunday shirt?
A)                    Old bed sheets
B)                    The old surrender flag that was used at the Battle of Nauvoo
C)                    Her bed gowns
D)                    Their wagon cover
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Transcendentalist philosopher, poet, and essayist, Emerson was a friend of Thomas L. Kane and expressed interest in the Mormon’s plight after the publication of Kane’s 1850 pamphlet The Mormons.
Matthew J. Grow, “Thomas L. Kane and Nineteenth-Century American Culture,” BYU Studies, Volume 48, Number 4, 2009, 18.
Additional interesting reading:
Others interested in the Mormon cause after reading Kane’s pamphlet, “The Mormons:”
Abolitionist Charles Sumner
Abolitionist Wendell Phillips
Reformers Horace Greeley, Frederick Douglass, and John Greenleaf Whittier

Matthew J. Grow, “Thomas L. Kane and Nineteenth-Century American Culture,” BYU Studies, Volume 48, Number 4, 2009, 26.

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