The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South

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The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti–Mormonism in the Postbellum South
Author Patrick O. Mason
New York: Oxford University Press, 2011

The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South

Reviewer Heather M. Seferovich

Relatively few stories in late nineteenth-century Mormon history are more riveting than those from missionaries serving in the American South. A handful of legendary Mormon personalities served there, such as J. Golden Kimball, B. H. Roberts, and John Morgan. There are countless inflammatory threats of violence, hundreds of instances of physical assault, and even a few murders. Although tragic on many levels, such violent elements are often the foundation of successful films, plays, and books.

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