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Contingent Citizens – Shifting Perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American Political Culture - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Contingent Citizens: Shifting Perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American Political Culture

Spencer W. McBride, Brent M. Rogers, and Keith A. Erekson


This book features fourteen chapters that track changes in the ways Americans have perceived the Latter-day Saints since the 1830s. From presidential politics, to political violence, to the definition of marriage, to the meaning of sexual equality—the book places Mormons in larger American histories of territorial expansion, religious mission, Constitutional interpretation, and state formation. The chapters also show that the political support of the Latter-day Saints has proven, at critical junctures, valuable to other political groups. The willingness of Americans to accept Latter-day Saints ... More

Keywords: Latter-day Saints, presidential politics, political violence, marriage, sexual equality, Mormons, religious mission, Constitutional interpretation, state formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501716737
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501716737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Spencer W. McBride, editor
Joseph Smith Papers

Brent M. Rogers, editor
Joseph Smith Papers

Keith A. Erekson, editor
Church History Library

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