SW08008: LITERACY AND EDUCATION AMONG EARLY MORMON CONVERTS: THE CASE OF MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

LITERACY AND EDUCATION AMONG EARLY MORMON CONVERTS: THE CASE OF MANCHESTER, ENGLAND Latter-day Saints often take for granted that members of the Church are reasonably well educated and find it difficult to imagine them without some basic level of schooling – at least enough to gain personal access to the word of God in the scriptures, hymn books, and personal readings. In this session, I raise a fundamental issue of literacy and basic schooling among early LDS converts, concentrating on the early members of the Church in Manchester, England, and the context of the industrial revolution in England.

VAL RUST and ROBERT BRIGGS