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Thomas Kane, 19th-century America topic for BYU address March 12

Matthew J. Grow will present “Thomas L. Kane and 19th Century America,” the last presentation in the Thomas L. Kane Exhibition Lecture Series, Thursday, March 12, at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium at Brigham Young University.

Thomas L. Kane is remembered by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a defender during the 19th century and as the hero of the Utah War. Kane also distinguished himself as a Civil War officer and as an advocate for the antislavery and women’s rights movements.

The lecture will highlight how Kane’s activities illuminate the connections between 19-century partisan politics, religion and social reform. Kane fused Democratic Party ideology, anti-evangelicalism and romanticism into a broad agenda of reform.

Grow is an assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana. He received his bachelor’s degree from BYU and his doctorate in American history from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of “Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer,” and is co-authoring a Parley P. Pratt biography for Oxford University Press.

For more information, contact Roger Layton at (801) 422-6687, or

Writer: Angela Fischer

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