- General Interest , American History
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The first major history in a decade
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 in western New York, which seemed to produce seers and prophets daily. Most of the new creeds flamed out. How did Mormonism endure? How has it shaped American culture? Prior accounts of the Mormons treat them as a monoculture existing outside the main currents of American life. Park is one of the first to demonstrate that Mormonism became central to American views of religious liberty and minority rights—and that Mormonism has been riven by deep internal divisions over gender, race, and sexuality. This enthralling narrative account of the nation’s most important homegrown religion will be seen as the definitive history of Mormonism for years to come.
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|January 16, 2024