Black and Mormon

Black and Mormon

by Newell G. Bringhurst, Darron T. Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0252073568

ISBN-13: 9780252073564

Pub. Date: 01/06/2006

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

The year 2003 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the lifting of the ban excluding black members from the priesthood of the Mormon church. The articles collected in Newell G. Bringhurst and Darron T. Smith's Black and Mormon look at the mechanisms used to keep blacks from full participation, the motives behind the ban, and the kind of changes that

Overview

The year 2003 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the lifting of the ban excluding black members from the priesthood of the Mormon church. The articles collected in Newell G. Bringhurst and Darron T. Smith's Black and Mormon look at the mechanisms used to keep blacks from full participation, the motives behind the ban, and the kind of changes that have—and have not—taken place within the church since the revelation responsible for its end.

This challenging collection is required reading for anyone concerned with the history of racism, discrimination, and the Latter-day Saints.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252073564
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/06/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1The "Missouri Thesis" Revisited: Early Mormonism, Slavery, and the Status of Black People13
2The Traditions of Their Fathers: Myth versus Reality in LDS Scriptural Writings34
3Two Perspectives: The Religious Hopes of "Worthy" African American Latter-day Saints before the 1978 Revelation50
4Spanning the Priesthood Revelation (1978): Two Multigenerational Case Studies60
5Casting Off the "Curse of Cain": The Extent and Limits of Progress since 197882
6African American Latter-day Saints: A Sociological Perspective116
7"How Do Things Look on the Ground?" The LDS African American Community in Atlanta, Georgia132
8Unpacking Whiteness in Zion: Some Personal Reflections and General Observations148
Contributors167
Index169

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