Jane Manning James was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the moment she was baptized in the 1840s. Here, Christine and Elizabeth discuss her experiences as one of the earliest Black women in the majority-white religion - including her interactions with the church's founder, Joseph Smith, and her fight for full inclusion.
Podcasters: Christine and Elizabeth
Ronald G. Coleman, “‘Is There No Blessing for Me?’: Jane Elizabeth Manning James, A Mormon African American Woman” in African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000, Quintard Taylor and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, Eds., University of Oklahoma Press, (2003).
Ronald G. Coleman and Darius A. Grey, “Two Perspectives: The Religious Hopes of “Worthy” African American Latter-day Saints before the 1978 Revelation” in Black and Mormon, Newell T. Bringhurst and Darron T. Smith, Eds., University of Illinois Press, (2004).
Jane Manning James, “Autobiography of Jane Elizabeth Madding James”, James Goldberg and Veronica J. Anderson, Eds., BYU Studies Quarterly, 57:4 (2018): 149-158.
--, Jane Manning James autobiography, via Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Karen A. Johnson, "Undaunted Courage and Faith: The Lives of Three Black Women in the West and Hawaii in the Early 19th Century", The Journal of African American History, 91:1, (2006): 4-22.
Max Perry Mueller, "“Aunt Jane” or Joseph’s Adopted Daughter?" in Race and the Making of the Mormon People, University of North Carolina Press, (2017): 119-152.
Quincy D. Newell, Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, A Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon, Oxford University Press, (2019).
---, Jane Elizabeth Manning James at The University of Utah’s Century of Black Mormons.
Race and the Priesthood, via The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Grant Underwood, "Apocalyptic Anticipations: Mormon Millenarianism in the Early Years." Communal Societies 37: 1 (2017): 83-95.
Jane Manning James among the Pioneers of 1847 at the Utah Pioneer Jubilee, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 24th 1897, via Library of Congress.
This episode is part of our Black History, Women's History, and US History collections.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)