A Peculiar People

A Peculiar People

Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-century America

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780807835715
0807835714
Branch Call Number: 289.309 Fluhman 10/2012
Characteristics: 229 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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