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Joseph Smith, Jr.Reappraisals After Two Centuries$
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Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.001.0001

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Joseph Smith, American Culture, and the Origins of Mormonism

Joseph Smith, American Culture, and the Origins of Mormonism

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(p.31) 3 Joseph Smith, American Culture, and the Origins of Mormonism
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Joseph Smith, Jr.
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Klaus J. Hansen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.003

This chapter argues why the Mormon prophet's contributions must be seen as the intersecting of American culture and Smith's own particular religious imagination. Comparing Smith to Samuel Johnson and Abraham Lincoln, the chapter uses the question of Smith's relationship with his father as a suggestive illustration of how personal loss becomes religious restoration, and a private experience taps universal appeal.

Keywords:   Samuel Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, American culture, religious imagination

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