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

By J. Spencer Fluhman

notwithstanding the U.S. structure promises the loose 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 atypical People", J. Spencer Fluhman bargains a complete heritage of anti-Mormon proposal and the linked passionate debates approximately spiritual authenticity in nineteenth-century the USA. He argues that knowing anti-Mormonism offers serious perception into the yank psyche simply because Mormonism grew to become a effective image round which principles approximately faith and the country took form.
Fluhman files how Mormonism used to be defamed, with assaults usually geared toward polygamy, and indicates how the hot religion provided a social enemy for a public agitated via 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 alterations, the results of either selection and out of doors strength, sapped the power of the worst anti-Mormon vitriol, triggering the recognition of Utah into the Union in 1896 and in addition paving the way in which for the dramatic, but nonetheless grudging, recognition of Mormonism as an American religion.

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