"A Peculiar People": Anti-Mormonism and the Making of by J. Spencer Fluhman

By J. Spencer Fluhman

even though the U.S. structure promises the unfastened workout of faith, it doesn't specify what counts as a faith. From its founding within the 1830s, Mormonism, a homegrown American religion, drew hundreds of thousands of converts yet way more critics. In "A strange People", J. Spencer Fluhman deals a accomplished heritage of anti-Mormon idea and the linked passionate debates approximately non secular authenticity in nineteenth-century the USA. He argues that knowing anti-Mormonism presents severe perception into the yankee psyche simply because Mormonism grew to become a powerful image round which principles approximately faith and the nation took form.
Fluhman files how Mormonism used to be defamed, with assaults usually aimed toward polygamy, and exhibits how the recent religion provided a social enemy for a public agitated by means of the preferred press and wracked with social and fiscal instability. Taking the tale to the flip of the century, Fluhman demonstrates how Mormonism's personal ameliorations, the results of either selection and out of doors strength, sapped the energy of the worst anti-Mormon vitriol, triggering the popularity of Utah into the Union in 1896 and likewise paving the best way for the dramatic, but nonetheless grudging, reputation of Mormonism as an American religion.

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