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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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The Suffering Saints

The Suffering Saints

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(p.71) 5 The Suffering Saints
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"Liberty to the Downtrodden"
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Matthew J. Grow

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300136104.003.0006

This chapter discusses the efforts of Thomas L. Kane to transform the public image of the Mormons. It explains how that crusade started at a particularly propitious moment and that the mob murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith in 1844 and the subsequent exodus of the Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo created an opportunity to alter public perceptions. It describes Kane's strategy of appealing to culturally powerful narratives of religious liberty, persecution, and suffering in forging a pro-Mormon alliance.

Keywords:   Thomas L. Kane, Mormons, public image, Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Latter-day Saints, religious liberty, persecution, suffering, pro-Mormon alliance

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