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Now in paperback is that this award profitable heritage of non secular clash in early the USA. Hallwas and Launius have compiled and written some of the most balanced and thorough money owed but of the occasions and conditions that resulted in the pressured Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois within the 1840s. They current an in depth choice of ancient files (a variety of that have no longer been released formerly) written by means of contributors and modern observers and introduce them with probing discussions of the explanations that underlay the clash. Of specific crisis to them are the function of contesting cultural myths and the connection of occasions and attitudes in Illinois to the bigger frontier and nationwide scene.

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18 Such a mythic perspective, which was held as self-evident truth by the early Mormons, bonded them to each other and explained their lives; it was the foundation of their identity. Mormonism was, in fact, part of a religious awakening aimed at revitalizing the culture from which it emerged. As such, the process of early church development conforms to a common pattern that William G. McLoughlin has described in Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform. " 19The proponents of such an awakening escape from their anxiety-ridden situation by placing the burden of corruption on others and viewing themselves as the champions of the new moral or social order.

Conflict between these groups arose because of their strikingly different cultural values. The experience of people in Hancock County during the 1840s demonstrates the inevitable conflict between theocratic and democratic government, the danger of demonizing other people, and the self-deceptions fostered by the myths of innocence and political righteousness. Notes 1. The two major Mormon groups treat the last part of their names differently. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, uses a hyphen and a small din the last part of its name.

The Lay of the Land 18 2. Mormon Nauvoo 20 3. The Nauvoo City Charter 21 4. Mormon Leaders on the Gathering to Nauvoo 24 5. A Non-Mormon Reminiscence of Nauvoo 29 6. A Minister Criticizes Warsaw and Nauvoo 32 7. Remarks of the Prophet to Saints Newly Arrived from England 35 8. A Western Pennsylvanian Reports on Nauvoo 38 9. Josiah Quincy on Joseph Smith 44 10. An Iowa Sheriff on the Mormons 51 11. Celebrating the Power of Mormon Nauvoo 55 12. Life in Nauvoo from a Non-Mormon Perspective 58 13. The Mormon Leadership on Nauvoo 62 Part II: The Origins of the Conflict 65 Introduction 67 1.

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