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Contingent CitizensShifting Perceptions of Latter-day Saints in American Political Culture$
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Spencer W. McBride, Brent M. Rogers, and Keith A. Erekson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501716737

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716737.001.0001

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Not Exceptional, Typical, or Americanized: The Latter-day Saint Experience with American Politics

(p.1) Introduction
Contingent Citizens
Keith A. Erekson
Cornell University Press

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.

Keywords:   Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American political culture, American, political realm, Latter-day Saints

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