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Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Max Perry Mueller

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The nineteenth-century history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this book argues, illuminates the role that religion played in forming the notion of three “original” American ... More


American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Thomas W. Simpson

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In the closing decades of the nineteenth century, college-age Latter-day Saints began undertaking a remarkable intellectual pilgrimage to the nation's elite universities, including Harvard, Columbia, ... More


The Death of Mormon Separatism in American Universities, 1877–1896

Thomas W. Simpson

in American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

By all accounts, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were critical for Mormonism's evolution and modernization. The rapidity of the change, however, leaves nagging questions. After ... More


Anti-intellectualism Rejected and Reborn, 1920–1940

Thomas W. Simpson

in American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Mormon intellectual life suffered acutely in the wake of turmoil at Brigham Young University in 1911, but less than a decade later, major changes in church leadership and educational policy would ... More


Building a Following in the West: The McCarys Reinvent Themselves

Angela Pulley Hudson

in Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469624433
eISBN:
9781469624457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624433.003.0004
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter discusses Warner McCary and Lucy Stanton's establishment of their own prophetic movement in Cincinnati in 1846. Their movement was modeled after Mormon practices. It also incorporated ... More


Anti-Mormonism

John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal

in Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833896
eISBN:
9781469604091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895955_corrigan.7
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), who have also been known as Mormons since shortly after the publication of the Book of Mormon in 1830. The ... More


Mainstreaming White Immigrants and the Industrial Working Class in the BSA

Benjamin René Jordan

in Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: "Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627656
eISBN:
9781469627670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627656.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 5 argues that Boy Scouts of America national leaders worked diligently in the early 1910s to defuse the concerns non-Protestant, working-class, and European immigrant leaders had that the ... More


Introduction: Mormonism Reframed

Thomas W. Simpson

in American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Because nineteenth-century Mormons could never fully realize their separatist dream of building the Kingdom of God in North America, the history of Mormonism has involved highly complex contacts and ... More


Brigham Young’s Romance with American Higher Education, 1867–1877

Thomas W. Simpson

in American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In the late 1860s, Mormons began knocking at the doors of American colleges and universities. Reversing the course of the westward-bound pioneer ancestors, these academic emigrants sought to retrieve ... More


Conclusion: Mormonism Uncharted

Thomas W. Simpson

in American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940 

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628639
eISBN:
9781469628653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628639.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Scholars studying the Mormon past have documented the manifold ways in which external pressure—economic, political, and legal—forced Mormons to abandon their isolated quest for purity and their deep ... More


Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History

John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833896
eISBN:
9781469604091
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895955_corrigan
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

American narratives often celebrate the nation's rich heritage of religious freedom. There is, however, a less told and often ignored part of the story: the ways that intolerance and cultures of hate ... More


Introduction: Race on the Page, Race on the Body

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter introduces the book’s main argument: that the three original American races, “black,” “red,” and, “white,” were constructed first in the written archive before they were read onto human ... More


The Book of Mormon: A (White) Universal Gospel

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the Book of Mormon's racial theology of “white universalism.” It explores the supposed pre-Columbian history that the Book of Mormon contains, notably the origins of Native ... More


Marketing the Book of Mormon to Noah’s Three Sons

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter traces the different ways the Book of Mormon was marketed to “red,” “white,” and “black” Americans during the first three years after the church was founded in 1830. Because Native ... More


Epilogue: Performing Red, Black, and White American

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter concludes the book with a survey of the history of Mormonism and race after Brigham Young’s death in 1877 to the present. For more than a century, the church worked to fortify the racial ... More


Eliza R. Snow: Poet of a New American Religion

Edward Whitley

in American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834213
eISBN:
9781469606354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899427_whitley.8
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines Walt Whitman's collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass, focusing on his claim that it was an American sacred text, the “Bible of the New Religion.” It compares Whitman's ambition ... More


Women's Popular Literature as Theological Discourse A Mormon Case Study, 1880–1920

Susanna Morrill

in The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831021
eISBN:
9781469605173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807867990_brekus.10
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores how popular literature—particularly poetry that employs nature and flower imagery—allowed Latter-day Saints (LDS) women writers to argue for the theological importance of women ... More


God's Chosen Sojourners: The Inspirationists of Amana, Iowa

S. Scott Rohrer

in Wandering Souls: Protestant Migrations in America, 1630-1865

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833728
eISBN:
9781469604305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895870_rohrer.10
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter tells the story of the Inspirationists, a German and Swiss group led by their prophet to Iowa in the mid-1850s after God told them to leave upstate New York and move west. It notes that ... More


An American Exodus: Mormons and the Westward Trek

S. Scott Rohrer

in Wandering Souls: Protestant Migrations in America, 1630-1865

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833728
eISBN:
9781469604305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895870_rohrer.11
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines persecution's role in migration through the dramatic story of the Mormons, whose founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, was assassinated in an Illinois jail in 1844. It notes that ... More


Intolerance toward Nineteenth-Century Religious Groups

John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal

in Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833896
eISBN:
9781469604091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895955_corrigan.8
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter considers the case of groups that emerged directly from Protestantism. Protestant intolerance, we should remember, was not manifested only in conflicts with Catholics, Mormons, and ... More


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