Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America

Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America

by Claudia Lauper Bushman
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Oxford University Press, USA
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Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America

Mormonism is one of the world's fastest growing religions, doubling its membership every 15 years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the formal denomination of the Mormon church) is now 10 million strong, with more than half of its membership coming from outside the United States. More than 88 million copies of The Book of Mormon have been printed, and it has been translated into more than 50 languages. Mormons in America tells the tumultuous story of this religious group, from its humble origins in small-town New York State in 1830 to its present heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, go deep behind Mormon rites and traditions, take us along the adventurous trail of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous erection of Salt Lake City in the desert, and draw us into the dozens of skirmishes, verbal attacks, and court battles between Mormons and their neighbors, other religions, the media, and the American government.

Religion in American Life explores the evolution, character, and dynamic of organized religion in America from 1500 to the present day. Written by distinguished historians of religion, these books weave together the varying stories that compose the religious fabric of the United States, from Puritanism to alternative religious practices. Primary source material coupled with handsome illustrations and lucid text make these books essential in any exploration of America's diverse nature. Each book includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195150223
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Series: Religion in American Life Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 852,480
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Joseph Smith's First Visions, 1820-301
Chapter 2Zion, 1831-3714
Chapter 3Nauvoo, 1838-4625
Chapter 4The Westward Trek, 1846-6937
Chapter 5Building the Kingdom, 1847-6947
Chapter 6Mormon Women, 1831-9059
Chapter 7Mormons in the Nation, 1890-194575
Chapter 8The Church Since 194588
Further Reading110

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