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Who created it? Fluhman, J. Spencer.
What's it called? A peculiar people [electronic resource] : [anti-Mormonism and the making of religion in nineteenth-century America] / by J. Spencer Fluhman.
Who published it? [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Edition info! Unabridged.
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What's it like? 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 40 min.)) : digital.
Performers! Read by John Pruden.
What's it about? Though the Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion, it does not specify what qualifies as a religion. From its founding in the 1830s, Mormonism, a homegrown American faith, has drawn 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. Fluhman documents how Mormonism was defamed, with attacks often aimed at polygamy, and shows how the new faith supplied a social enemy for a public agitated by the popular press and wracked with social and economic instability. Taking the story to the turn of the century, Fluhman demonstrates how Mormonism's own transformations, the result of both choice and outside force, sapped the strength of the worst anti-Mormon vitriol, triggering the acceptance of Utah into the Union in 1896 and also paving the way for the dramatic, yet still grudging, acceptance of Mormonism as an American religion.
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Special stuff to know! Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Helpful subjects! Mormon Church -- Controversial literature.
Mormon Church -- History.
United States -- Church history -- 19th century.
More people who helped! Pruden, John. Narrator.
hoopla digital.
Special numbers! 9781624609275 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
1624609279 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Special numbers! MWT10024433
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