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Author Fluhman, J. Spencer.

Title A peculiar people : anti-Mormonism and the making of religion in nineteenth-century America / J. Spencer Fluhman.

Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2012.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    289.30903 FLU    Available
Description 229 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: On familiarity and contempt -- Introduction: Religious liberty as an American problem -- "Imposter" : the Mormon prophet -- "Delusion" : early Mormon religiosity -- "Fanaticism" : the church as (un)holy city -- "Barbarism" : rhetorics of alienation -- "Heresy" : Americanizing the American religion.
Summary Though the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion, it does not specify what counts as a religion. From its founding in the 1830s, Mormonism, a homegrown American faith, drew thousands of converts but far more critics. In A Peculiar People, J. Spencer Fluhman offers a comprehensive history of anti-Mormon thought and the associated passionate debates about religious authenticity in nineteenth-century America. He argues that understanding anti-Mormonism provides critical insight into the American psyche because Mormonism became a potent symbol around which ideas about religion and the state took shape. - Jacket flap.
Subject Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Controversial literature.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History.
Mormon Church -- Controversial literature.
Mormon Church -- History.
United States -- Church history -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780807835715 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807835714 (cloth : alk. paper)

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