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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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“The Way of the Transgressor Is Hard”

“The Way of the Transgressor Is Hard”

The Black Hawk and Mormon Wars in the Construction of Illinois Political Culture, 1832–1846

(p.75) Chapter 5 “The Way of the Transgressor Is Hard”
Contingent Citizens
Amy S. Greenberg
Cornell University Press

This chapter mentions HR 0627, which tenders an apology to the Latter-day Saints for the misguided expulsion of their Mormon ancestors from the city of Nauvoo and the State of Illinois in 1846. It recounts the years after the Mormons were expelled from Missouri in 1838 to 1839, in which the Saints developed the swamp land in the far west of the state into the thriving economic community of Nauvoo. It also looks into the argument about HR 0627's contention that the Saints were initially expelled from Missouri and welcomed in Illinois in part because Joseph Smith was a strong anti-slavery advocate. The chapter analyzes the problem related to HR 0627 that wrongly isolates Mormon expulsion from any larger political context. It also offers an alternative narrative that puts Illinois's removal of both Indians and Mormons in the context of gender, political culture, and ultimately American empire.

Keywords:   HR 0627, Latter-day Saints, Mormons, Joseph Smith, anti-slavery advocate, American empire

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