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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

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

Matthew J. Grow

Yale University Press

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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