Exiles in a Land of Liberty: Mormons in America, 1830-1846 / Edition 1

Exiles in a Land of Liberty: Mormons in America, 1830-1846 / Edition 1

by Kenneth H. Winn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807843008

ISBN-13: 9780807843000

Pub. Date: 08/27/1990

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Using the concept of "classical republicanism" in his analysis, Kenneth Winn argues against the common view that the Mormon religion was an exceptional phenomenon representing a countercultural ideology fundamentally subversive to American society. Rather, he maintains, both the Saints and their enemies affirmed republican principles, but in radically different

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Using the concept of "classical republicanism" in his analysis, Kenneth Winn argues against the common view that the Mormon religion was an exceptional phenomenon representing a countercultural ideology fundamentally subversive to American society. Rather, he maintains, both the Saints and their enemies affirmed republican principles, but in radically different ways.

Winn identifies the 1830 founding of the Mormon church as a religious protest against the pervasive disorder plaguing antebellum America, attracting people who saw the libertarianism, religious pluralism, and market capitalism of Jacksonian America as threats to the Republic. While non-Mormons shared the perception that the Union was in danger, many saw the Mormons as one of the chief threats. General fear of Joseph Smith and his followers led to verbal and physical attacks on the Saints, which reinforced the Mormons' conviction that America had descended into anarchy. By 1846, violent opposition had driven Mormons to the uninhabited Great Salt Lake Basin.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807843000
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/27/1990
Series:
Studies in Religion Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1.The Origins of Mormonism6
2.The Book of Mormon as a Republican Document18
3.Social Disorder and the Resurrection of Communal Republicanism among the Mormons40
4.The Rise of Anti-Mormonism63
5.Anti-Mormonism Becomes Violent85
6.Republican Dissent in the Kingdom of God106
7.Republican Virtue "Exterminated" in Missouri129
8.Anti-Mormonism Reappears in Illinois152
9.To Redeem the Nation182
10.America the Corrupt208
Notes239
Bibliography261
Index277

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