D. Michael Quinn

Dennis Michael Quinn was an American historian who focused on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a professor at Brigham Young University from 1976 until he resigned in 1988


Dialogue E-Paper July 12, 2006
As an alternative to myopic polarization, this essay provides new ways of understanding Joseph’s narrative, analyzes previously neglected issues/data, and establishes a basis for perceiving in detail what the teenage boy experienced in the religious revivalism that led to his first theophany

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Joseph Smith III’s 1844 Blessing and the Mormons of Utah

Articles/Essays – Volume 15, No. 2

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From Sacred Grove to Sacral Power Structure

Articles/Essays – Volume 17, No. 2

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The Mormon Church and the Spanish-American War: An End to Selective Pacifism

Articles/Essays – Volume 17, No. 4

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LDS Church Authority and New Plural Marriages, 1890-1904

Articles/Essays – Volume 18, No. 1

Dialogue 18.1 (Spring 1985): 9–105
Quinn shares that even with the Manifesto that officially ended plural marriage, plural marriages were still happening in the church between the First and Second Manifestos. Despite church leaders arguring that no plural marriages were happening, there is evidence to support the fact that both church members and church leaders were entering into new plural marriages.

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Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts

Articles/Essays – Volume 26, No. 2

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A Reply

Articles/Essays – Volume 28, No. 1

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Male-Male Intimacy among Nineteenth-century Mormons: A Case Study

Articles/Essays – Volume 28, No. 4

Dialogue 28.4 (Winter 1995): 105–119
This was a prelude to his book-length treatment Same-Sex Dynamics in 19th C. America: A Mormon Example, that looked at “intimacy” broadly defined, before the rise of homophobia in the post-WWII period. It is a fascinating study of changing norms and practices that once allowed for a huge range of bonding practices between people of the same-sex. Quinn himself had come out in the course of researching this article and the book a few years before, and this work remains influential.

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Plural Marriage and Mormon Fundamentalism

Articles/Essays – Volume 31, No. 2

Dialogue 31.2 (Summer 1998): 1–68
Quinn shares what Mormon Fundamentalists believe. some stereotypes about them, and identfies the different groups.

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Prelude to the National “”Defense of Marriage”” Campaign: Civil Discrimination Against Feared or Despised Minorities

Articles/Essays – Volume 33, No. 3

This is an early 50+ page article documenting LDS political activity in the 1990s on same-sex marriage, culminating in Prop 22. Quinn’s explanation was that homophobia provided the best explanation for LDS prejudice against same-sex…

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LDS “Headquarters Culture” and the Rest of Mormonism: Past and Present

Articles/Essays – Volume 34, No. 3

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Post-Manifesto Marriages

Articles/Essays – Volume 41, No. 3

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