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Published on May 9, 2015
In this video, I will explore in detail the once popular Mound Builder Myth and show why the Book of Mormon’s version of ancient American history was both familiar and credible to the first readers of the book.
This video is based on chapter 4 of Dan Vogel, Indian Origins and the Book of Mormon: Religious Solutions from Columbus to Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1986).
“Carefully worked out, thoroughly researched, and convincingly reasoned. ... The sources used here and the opinions they contain are representative of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ideas. This is not a study of fringe materials. The ideas discussed here are at the heart of an ongoing debate. The author does not misrepresent the climate of opinion at the time. ... A solid, well-researched book.”— Richard White, professor of History, University of Utah