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The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South

Patrick Mason

Abstract

In the late nineteenth century, Mormonism was the most vilified homegrown American religion. Anti-Mormonism was a significant intellectual, legal, religious, and cultural movement, uniting politicians and evangelical Protestants, southern Democrats and northern Republicans, businessmen and women reformers. The crusade against polygamy also precipitated a sustained campaign of vigilante violence against Mormons in the South. While southerners were concerned about distinctive Mormon beliefs and political practices, they were most alarmed at the “invasion” of Mormon missionaries in their communit ... More

Keywords: Mormons, Mormonism, anti-Mormonism, violence, polygamy, South, vigilantism, missionaries, tolerance, religious freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199740024
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740024.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Mason, author
Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
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