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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


A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190699093
eISBN:
9780190699123
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699093.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religious Studies

This book includes key documents, along with annotation, related to the origin of the Book of Mormon, from Joseph Smith’s first mention of the gold plates to the book’s publication in 1830. Smith ... More


The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology

Jonathan Stapley

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190844431
eISBN:
9780190844462
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844431.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The Power of Godliness explores Mormon liturgical history to elucidate Mormon cosmology and lived religion. Mormons use rituals, patterns of worship, and conceptions of priesthood to order their ... 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


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


Translation

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In 1823, Joseph Smith (1805–44), a farmer and treasure seeker in Upstate New York, had a vision in which a personage told him of ancient golden plates buried in a hillside, which Mormons claim he ... More


Materialization

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter moves back in time through a reading of extant retrospective (post hoc) sources to reconstruct how Smith and his family might have materialized ancient golden plates if we presuppose ... More


Beginnings

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter turns to a close reading and comparison of the origin narratives that Smith and others recounted in the 1830s in the wake of the publication of the Book of Mormon and the founding of the ... More


Selves

Ann Taves

in Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691131016
eISBN:
9781400884469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131016.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter attempts to account for the production of complex texts that followers believe neither Joseph Smith nor Helen Schucman could have produced on their own. Smith and Schucman made different ... 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


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


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