Not Exceptional, Typical, or Americanized: The Latter-day Saint Experience with American Politics
This chapter explores the different ways politicians, lawmakers, and the general public perceived the place of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members in American political culture throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It explains the difficulty Americans experience in deciding where Latter-day Saints belong in the country's political realm. It also explains why American Latter-day Saints exist on an ambiguous plane somewhere between citizens and foreigners in terms of rights and identity. The chapter tracks Latter-day Saints and their experience in certain historical events or as a lens through which to view particular moments of the American past over a period of nearly two centuries. It demonstrates the endurance and evolution of the American political problem that Latter-day Saints experience the feeling that they were not quite fully American.
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