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Program
American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith
Segment
Part 2
Producing Organization
Vermont Public Television
Groberg Communications
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-9k45q4sq7j
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Description
Program Description
"A two-hour documentary, narrated by Gregory Peck, examines a religious chapter in 19th century American history. This is a story of religious tolerance and persecution. It is a story of a new religion which had its birth on American soil. "The program also examines the notion of a 'prophet' and what that meant for an unschooled New York farm boy and for the thousands of followers who believed in his claim to have spoken with God face to face and to have received ancient records, revealed to him by an angel of God. Joseph Smith published a book which he claimed were the translated contents of these 'golden plates;' which were the history and teachings of a civilization that formerly inhabited the Americas. "This program is about a people and their religion. Perhaps because it was not mainstream, they were terribly persecuted. Some of the problems were brought on by themselves because of their zealous beliefs. Many of these early Mormons were murdered, including their founder and leader, Joseph Smith. One on-camera expert noted, ''he joined the powers of church and state, but it did not license them to gun him down.' In the summer of 1844 Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered at the hands of a mob, but the American-born church survived and has become one of the faster growing Christian religions today."--1999 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1999-11-26
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:58:28.305
Credits
Narrator: Peck, Gregory
Producing Organization: Vermont Public Television
Producing Organization: Groberg Communications
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-3217ccf84d9 (Filename)
Format: U-matic
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Citations
Chicago: “American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith; Part 2,” 1999-11-26, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed August 16, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-9k45q4sq7j.
MLA: “American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith; Part 2.” 1999-11-26. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. August 16, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-9k45q4sq7j>.
APA: American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith; Part 2. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-9k45q4sq7j