History department graduate student Jeffrey Mahas was recently published in the Journal of Mormon History, vol. 43, no. 4, released October 2017.
Mahas' paper , titled “'I Intend to Get Up a Whistling School': The Nauvoo Whistling and Whittling Movement, American Vigilante Tradition, and Mormon Theocratic Thought", introduces the reader to the little-discussed whistling and whittling movement of early Mormonism and its relationship to vigilante violence within the community.
"This article analyzes the rise and fall of the whistling and whittling movement with particular attention to its antecedents in both American vigilantism and the Mormon quest for social order in Nauvoo. Brigham Young and other Church leaders organized the whistlers to create a theocratic structure to replace the Nauvoo charter. However, the whistlers quickly became a vigilante mob and within two months of their organization Young condemned their activities. The whistlers represent a melding of Mormon theocratic experimentation with American traditions of vigilantism."
The full text can be accessed through JSTOR.
Mahas has a master’s degree in history from the University of Utah where he is currently pursuing a PhD. He is a historian with the Joseph Smith Papers Project and a volume editor of Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846 published in 2016 by the Smith Papers.
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