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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


Joseph Smith and Nineteenth-Century Mormon Mappings of Asian Religions

Reid L. Neilson

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.014
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter turns to the subject of what Joseph Smith himself had to say about Mormonism's relationship to other religions, and ways of accommodating religious pluralism. It further traces the ... More


Introduction

Jeffrey A. Trumbower

in Rescue for the Dead: The Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140996
eISBN:
9780199834747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140990.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The introduction looks at the posthumous salvation of non‐Christians in the nineteenth‐century American context as practiced by Shakers and Latter‐day Saints (a.k.a. Mormons), in order to set the ... More


Exhibiting Mormonism: The Latter-day Saints and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Reid Neilson

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195384031
eISBN:
9780199918324
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384031.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Church History

The 1893 Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, presented the Latter‐day Saints with their first post‐polygamy opportunity to exhibit the best of Mormonism for a national and ... More


Mormons and Materialism: Struggling against the Ideology of Separation

Colleen McDannell

in Secularization and Religious Innovation in the North Atlantic World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198798071
eISBN:
9780191839344
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798071.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

By consistently conflating spirit and matter, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has steadfastly resisted secularization theory’s prediction of the inevitable decline and marginalization ... More


Introduction: Not Exceptional, Typical, or Americanized: The Latter-day Saint Experience with American Politics

Keith A. Erekson (ed.)

in Contingent Citizens: Shifting Perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American Political Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501716737
eISBN:
9781501716744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501716737.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter explores the different ways politicians, lawmakers, and the general public perceived the place of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members in American political ... More


Mormons at Midcentury: “Crushed Politically, Curtailed Economically,” but Winning “Universal Respect for Their Devotion and Achievements”

J. B. Haws (ed.)

in Contingent Citizens: Shifting Perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American Political Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501716737
eISBN:
9781501716744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501716737.003.0013
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter describes the American national mood in the middle of the twentieth century that made things feel so welcoming for Latter-day Saints. It highlights the golden era of Mormonism that ... More


Joseph Smith’s Missouri Prison Letters and the Mormon Textual Community

David W. Grua

in Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190274375
eISBN:
9780190274405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190274375.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

During winter 1838–1839, the Mormon community faced existential crisis. On 27 October 1838, Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs declared all Mormons to be enemies of the state, and unless they ... More


The Historic Conflicts of Our Time: Ezra Taft Benson and Twentieth-Century Media Representations of Latter-Day Saints

Patrick Q. Mason (ed.)

in Contingent Citizens: Shifting Perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American Political Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501716737
eISBN:
9781501716744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501716737.003.0014
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter talks about Ezra Taft Benson who commenced work as secretary of agriculture in the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration in 1953, while serving as one of the twelve apostles of the Church ... More


The Samoan Mission

David O. McKay

Reid L. Neilson and Carson V. Teuscher (eds)

in Pacific Apostle: The 1920-21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-day Saint Island Missions

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042850
eISBN:
9780252051715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042850.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

McKay arrived in Samoa on May 10, 1921 and spent time on all three principal islands—Savai’i, Upolu, and Tutuila. During his visit, he toured plantations, humble meetinghouses, and two of the ... More


Meeting the Mormons

Matthew J. Grow

in "Liberty to the Downtrodden": Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300136104
eISBN:
9780300153262
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300136104.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter focuses on Thomas L. Kane's first meeting with the Mormons on May 13, 1846. It explains that Mormonism had proved tumultuous since it was founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 and that ... More


Philosophy and Theology, 1800–1900

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

German idealists such as Friedrich Schelling and theologians such as Wilhelm Benecke and Julius Müller build on Kant's foundation of preexistence as a basis for freedom. Joseph Smith makes Mormonism ... More


Why the King James Version?

Philip L. Barlow

in Mormons and the Bible: The Place of the Latter-day Saints in American Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199739035
eISBN:
9780199345021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739035.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Though few Latter-day Saints are conscious of the change, the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible underwent a subtle metamorphosis in the corporate Mormon mind between 1867 and 1979. This chapter ... More


Political Perceptions of Mormon Polygamy and the Struggle for Utah Statehood, 1847–1896

Stephen Eliot Smith (ed.)

in Contingent Citizens: Shifting Perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American Political Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501716737
eISBN:
9781501716744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501716737.003.0009
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter explains the culture war being waged by the federal government against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It describes how Mormons were typically characterized as ... More


The Hawaiian Mission

David O. McKay

Reid L. Neilson and Carson V. Teuscher (eds)

in Pacific Apostle: The 1920-21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-day Saint Island Missions

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042850
eISBN:
9780252051715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042850.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

McKay’s steamship docked at Honolulu, Hawaii, on February 4, 1921. The tropical beauty of the islands impressed McKay as he ventured throughout the islands. Mormon missionaries had enjoyed ... More


The New Zealand Mission

David O. McKay

Reid L. Neilson and Carson V. Teuscher (eds)

in Pacific Apostle: The 1920-21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-day Saint Island Missions

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252042850
eISBN:
9780252051715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042850.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

McKay and Cannon’s steamship plied into the port at Wellington, New Zealand before dawn on April 21, 1921. They spent just over a week on the North Island, visiting missionaries, local members of ... More


La‘ie, a Promised Land, and Pu‘uhonua: Spatial Struggles for Land and Identity

Hokulani K. Aikau

in A Chosen People, a Promised Land: Mormonism and Race in Hawai'i

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816674619
eISBN:
9781452946986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816674619.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

In 1865 the Mormon Church purchased 6000 acres of the Lāʻie ahupuaʻa to provide Hawaiian Latter-day Saints with a gathering place in Hawaiʻi where they could live among coreligionists. It also became ... More


The Suffering Saints

Matthew J. Grow

in "Liberty to the Downtrodden": Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300136104
eISBN:
9780300153262
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300136104.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter discusses the efforts of Thomas L. Kane to transform the public image of the Mormons. It explains how that crusade started at a particularly propitious moment and that the mob murders of ... More


By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion

Terryl L. Givens

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138184
eISBN:
9780199834211
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019513818X.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book assesses the tempestuous impact and reception history of the Book of Mormon, produced by Joseph Smith in 1830, and the primary scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints. ... More


Creating a Cursed and Sanctified Temple, 1965–1984

David J. Howlett

in Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038488
eISBN:
9780252096372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038488.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the transformation of the Kirtland Temple as a site of interest into a site of contagion, only then to be blessed along with the surrounding land as a place of promise. While ... More


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