The "Missouri Thesis" Revisited : Early Mormonism, Slavery, and the Status of Black People
Bringhurst, Newell G.,Smith, Darron T.
Black and Mormon
University of Illinois Press
This essay evaluates different historians' approaches to the Missouri Thesis which was originally put forth by Fawn Brodie in 1945. She believed that the Missouri Saints adopted proslavery and antiblack sentiments in order to improve relations with their neighbors in this slaveholding region and therefore began denying the priesthood to blacks.