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"Liberty to the Downtrodden": Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer

Matthew J. Grow


Thomas L. Kane (1822–1883), a crusader for antislavery, women's rights, and the downtrodden, rose to prominence in his day as the most ardent and persuasive defender of Mormons' religious liberty. Though not a Mormon, Kane sought to defend the much-reviled group from the “Holy War” waged against them by evangelical America. His courageous personal intervention averted a potentially catastrophic bloody conflict between federal troops and Mormon settlers in the now nearly forgotten Utah War of 1857–58. Drawing on newly available archives, this book tells the full story of Kane's extraordinary li ... More

Keywords: Thomas L. Kane, anti-slavery, women's rights, Mormonism, religious liberty, Holy War, Utah War, Philadelphia, Civil War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300136104
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300136104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew J. Grow, author