Marvin S. Hill

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Marvin Sidney Hill (August 28, 1928 - July 27, 2016) was a professor of American history at Brigham Young University (BYU) and a historian of the Latter Day Saint movement.

Biography[edit]

Hill completed his Master of Arts in history at BYU in 1955.[1] He received a Ph.D. in American Intellectual History from the University of Chicago in 1968, studying under Martin E. Marty[2] and writing his dissertation on Christian Primitivism and Mormonism.[3] Hill attended the University of Chicago at the same time as Dallin H. Oaks, and their mutual interest in the murder of Mormon founder Joseph Smith in Illinois led to a ten-year research effort. Together they published the book Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith in 1975, when they were both working at BYU, Hill as a professor of history and Oaks as the university president.[4] The book won the Mormon History Association's best book award for 1976.

Hill was a professor of American history at BYU starting in the 1960s.[5] In 1972 he took leave from BYU to accept a post-doctoral research fellowship at Yale University.[6] He has also served as president of the Mormon History Association and on the board of editors of the Journal of Mormon History.[7]

In Mormon studies, Hill was a well known proponent of the New Mormon History[8] and advocated a "middle ground" approach which didn't seek to describe Mormonism as authentic or fraudulent.[9]

Hill married Lila Foster in 1953. They had six children and lived in Provo, Utah.[10] He was the brother of Donna Hill, author of the noted 1977 biography Joseph Smith, the First Mormon.[11][12] He passed away in Pleasant Grove, Utah on July 27, 2016.

Awards[edit]

Writings[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Hill, Marvin S.; Allen, James B., eds. (1972). Mormonism and American Culture. Interpretations of American History. New York: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-042819-8.
  • Oaks, Dallin H.; Hill, Marvin S. (1975). Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-00554-6.
  • Hill, Marvin S.; C. Keith Rooker; Larry T. Wimmer (1977). The Kirtland Economy Revisited: A Market Critique of Sectarian Economics. Studies in Mormon History. 3. Provo, Utah: BYU Press. ISBN 0-8425-1230-6. Published concurrently in BYU Studies 17.
  • —— (1989). Quest for Refuge: The Mormon Flight from American Pluralism. Salt Lake City: Signature Books. ISBN 0-941214-70-2.
  • Smith, Joseph, Jr. (1995). Marvin S. Hill (ed.). The Essential Joseph Smith. Classics in Mormon Thought. 4. Salt Lake City: Signature Books. ISBN 0-941214-71-0.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Articles[edit]

Other[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, Marvin S. (1955), An Historical Study of the Life of Orson Hyde: Early Mormon Missionary and Apostle From 1805-1852, M.A. thesis, Provo, Utah: Department of History, Brigham Young University
  2. ^ Marty, Martin E. (June 7–14, 1989). "Sophisticated Primitives Then, Primitive Sophisticates Now". The Christian Century. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  3. ^ Hill, Marvin S. (June 1968), The Role of Christian Primitivism in the Origin and Development of the Mormon Kingdom, 1830-1844, Ph.D. dissertation, Department of History, University of Chicago, retrieved 2010-02-24
  4. ^ Oaks, Dallin (May 1996). "Joseph, the Man and the Prophet". Ensign: 71. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  5. ^ Hill, Marvin S. (Spring 1969). "The Shaping of the Mormon Mind in New England and New York" (PDF). BYU Studies. 9 (3): 351–72. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  6. ^ "Notes on Contributors". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 7 (2): 105. Winter 1972. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  7. ^ Hill, Marvin S. (1975). "Quest for Refuge: An Hypothesis as to the Social Origins and Nature of the Mormon Political Kingdom". Journal of Mormon History. 2: 3–20. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  8. ^ Bohn, David Earle (1992). "Unfounded Claims and Impossible Expectations: A Critique of New Mormon History". In George D. Smith (ed.). Faithful History: Essays on Writing Mormon History. Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books. ISBN 1-56085-007-8. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  9. ^ Midgley, Louis (1992). "The Acids of Modernity and the Crisis in Mormon Historiography". In George D. Smith (ed.). Faithful History: Essays on Writing Mormon History. Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books. ISBN 1-56085-007-8. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  10. ^ Hill, Marvin S. (1989). Quest for Refuge: The Mormon Flight from American Pluralism (Dust jacket: About the Author). Salt Lake City: Signature Books. ISBN 0-941214-70-2. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  11. ^ Hill, Donna (1977). Joseph Smith, the First Mormon. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. p. xii. ISBN 0-385-00804-X.
  12. ^ Hill, Marvin S. (1989). "Acknowledgments". Quest for Refuge: The Mormon Flight from American Pluralism. Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books. Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  13. ^ a b c "MHA Awards Summary" (PDF). Mormon History Association. 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-25.

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