Joseph Smith, American Culture, and the Origins of Mormonism
Givens, Terryl L.,Neilson, Reid L.
Joseph Smith Jr. : Reappraisals after Two Centuries
Oxford University Press
Hansen gives a brief overview of the rise of Mormonism in the 1800s and Joseph Smith. Hansen also discusses how Mormonism benefited from the culture of the time, and how this culture affected religion in general.