Mormon historians have written various accounts relating to early Mormon white women such as Emma Smith, Eliza R. Snow, and Lucy Mack Smith. Only recently have scholars started to look at women such as Jane James Manning and Chieko Okazaki. They have furthered created new historical narratives such as Saints. This shift in inclusive and diverse scholarship in Mormon history will obligate Mormon historians to rethink and relearn not only how to write history, but how to interpret it. This paradigm shift in scholarship will require new methodological frameworks, so as to not recolonize the "other." Historiography has shown that white interpretation dominates the way church history is looked at, especially when it comes to writing about the "other." Although unintentional, this sometimes leads scholars to further marginalize and victimize non-white people. This disservice needs to stop, and scholars need to become aware that the "other" can offer us more than a historical tragedy. My presentation will demonstrate how to look at the "other" through a case study using Guadalupe Monroy, a Mexican pioneer, and historian. This case study will focus on the intersection of being Mexican, a woman, and a member of the church through this new paradigm. More importantly, this presentation will show how to include colored women in church history without further colonizing, victimizing, or marginalizing them.
University / Institution: Brigham Young University
Format: In Person
SESSION C (1:45-3:15PM)
Area of Research: Social Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Ignacio Garcia