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"Liberty to the Downtrodden"Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer$
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Matthew J. Grow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300136104

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300136104.001.0001

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Meeting the Mormons

Meeting the Mormons

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"Liberty to the Downtrodden"

Matthew J. Grow

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Thomas L. Kane's first meeting with the Mormons on May 13, 1846. It explains that Mormonism had proved tumultuous since it was founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 and that Mormonism's critique of contemporary Christianity and American culture and its unorthodox doctrines and practices led to clashes, sometimes violent, with neighbors. It discusses how Kane's visit to Mormon refugee camps inspired him to protect the Latter-day Saints and their religious liberty from evangelical reformers.

Keywords:   Thomas L. Kane, Mormons, Joseph Smith, Mormonism, contemporary Christianity, American culture, Latter-day Saints, religious liberty, evangelical reformers

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