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By J. Spencer Fluhman

notwithstanding the U.S. structure promises the loose workout of faith, it doesn't specify what counts as a faith. From its founding within the 1830s, Mormonism, a homegrown American religion, drew millions of converts yet way more critics. In "A bizarre People", J. Spencer Fluhman bargains a entire historical past of anti-Mormon inspiration and the linked passionate debates approximately spiritual authenticity in nineteenth-century the USA. He argues that figuring out anti-Mormonism presents serious perception into the yankee psyche simply because Mormonism grew to become a powerful image round which rules approximately faith and the nation took form.
Fluhman files how Mormonism used to be defamed, with assaults usually geared toward polygamy, and exhibits how the recent religion provided a social enemy for a public agitated by way of the preferred press and wracked with social and fiscal instability. Taking the tale to the flip of the century, Fluhman demonstrates how Mormonism's personal changes, the results of either selection and outdoors strength, sapped the energy of the worst anti-Mormon vitriol, triggering the reputation of Utah into the Union in 1896 and likewise paving the way in which for the dramatic, but nonetheless grudging, attractiveness of Mormonism as an American religion.

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