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Bound for Canaan

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Just in time for Black History Month comes this second novel in a trilogy of historical fiction about black Mormon pioneers. The first book followed a few of the black converts who knew Joseph Smith personally, including Elijah Abel, who received the priesthood with Smith's knowledge and approval, and Jane Manning James, who lived as a family member in the Smith home. The ...more
Published January 1st 2002 by Bookcraft
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May 17, 2009 Shelah rated it really liked it
I recently interviewed Margaret Young and I've been in the process of writing a review of Young and Gray's new documentary Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons for the winter issue of Segullah. I'd read the first of the Standing on Promises books a few years ago and loved it, so I decided to get my hands on the second and third volumes of the trilogy while on a black Mormons kick.

This installment of the story covers the late 1840s to the early 1890s and follows the story of the James,
Apr 15, 2014 Francie rated it liked it
Another really interesting installment in this trilogy of books about early African American pioneers in the LDS Church. It really saddens me the way many supposedly faithful saints behaved towards their brothers and sisters in the gospel, purely because of the color of their skin. I have to remind myself that it was a different time and every person who joined the church brought with them the way they were raised and shaped in their former lives. I can't understand how someone could profess to ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
This book deals with one of the less "pretty" sides of Mormon history (I was disturbed to find my own ancestors among the slave-owning characters in the book, but I certainly learned something from reading it!), but it's an interesting story told well, and in a way that demonstrates both the faith and the trials of black Mormon pioneers. It manages to show the complexity of issues of race and religion at the time and (to me, at least) kept most of the historical figures balanced--not good guys ...more
Apr 22, 2010 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I think that anyone who read the first book of this series would feel absolutely compelled to read the other two. The subject is just that interesting and the writing that good. Like many books that start with a few people at first and then have to deal with dozens in the next generation, it was a challenge to keep everyone strait, but the authors handled that very well. At first I wondered whether I'd be bothered by the use of dialect, but I found it did not detract from, but rather enhanced ...more
Jun 01, 2009 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: pioneer-era, series
I liked this book better than the first one in the trilogy. The first one had many stories that I've already heard, but this one had new stories to me. It took place mostly in early pioneer Utah and there were several very interesting stories. The story about the lynching of Sam Joe Harvey deserves some further research on my part.
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Feb 15, 2008 Rebecca altman rated it really liked it
I remember not being able to put this one down. Do not read this series of books if you want something light and fluffy! This is NOT it! You will learn, laugh, and cry and in the end you are a better person.
Nov 18, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it
This series is amazing and has taught me a lot about the experience of early black members in the LDS Church. The book is so well written and researched. A must read for members of the Church interested in the history and doctrine of the Church!
Jan 25, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the first. It was fun to read about the history involving Church officers that I know such as President Hinckley, President Kimball, etc. It was very interesting to see how the coming about of change in the church from the viewpoint of the black members.
Jan 28, 2010 Sylvia added it
Heart-wrenching. Was it really like this? How do I tell my son that this is our history...nothing like being inspired to make a difference in the world and somehow make it a better place.

Love those pioneers...especially Green Flake and I still have a tender spot for Jane and Elijah.
May 19, 2015 Doretha rated it liked it
It was a good book. I just get bothered by the choices that people made back then so I can't say It was amazing.
Jan 12, 2008 Russell rated it liked it
This is the second book in the trilogy about black Mormon pioneers. It continued from where the first ended and was quite enjoyable.
Feb 12, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this trilogy. I went from not realizing there were black Mormon pioneers to really having respect and sympathy for their trials and triumphs.
An eye-opening series.
Ben gave me this as a gift and I decided to read the first two again before I read this one! I am sure it will be just as awe inspiring as the others!
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Jan 05, 2011 Jodee Clark rated it it was amazing
This is a more tragic period in history. I enjoyed reading it and learning more of another history.
Aug 07, 2010 Amandalynn rated it it was amazing
this one was as good as the first one...but so much sorrow. once again very well researched cant wait to go onto the 3 one to see what the children and children's children become
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This book was the hardest of the three to get through. I guess slavery issues really disturb me.
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