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Politics of American Religious Identity The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle

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ISBN-10: 0807855014

ISBN-13: 9780807855010

Edition: 2004

Authors: Kathleen Flake

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Between 1901 and 1907, a broad coalition of Protestant churches sought to expel newly elected Reed Smoot from the Senate, arguing that as an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Smoot was a lawbreaker and therefore unfit to be a lawmaker. The resulting Senate investigative hearing featured testimony on every peculiarity of Mormonism, especially its polygamous family structure. The Smoot hearing ultimately mediated a compromise between Progressive Era Protestantism and Mormonism and resolved the nation's long-standing "Mormon Problem." On a broader scale, Kathleen Flake shows how this landmark hearing provided the occasion for the country--through its elected…    
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The American Idea of a Church
The Man Who Served Two Masters
Subordinating to the State
The Common Good
Re-Placing Memory
Defining Denominational Citizenship
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index