American Zion

Park, Benjamin E.


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WW Norton & Co
1 March 2024
ISBN: 9781631498657
512 pages

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith in 1830 in the so-called burned-over district of western New York, which seemed to produce seers and prophets daily. Most of the new creeds burnt out; Smith's would endure. How Mormonism succeeded-and how it has fundamentally shaped American culture-is the story told by historian Benjamin Park in American Zion. While most prior accounts of the Mormons treat them as a monoculture existing outside the main currents of American life, Park is one of the first to demonstrate that Mormonism became central to American views of religious liberty and minority rights-and that Mormonism has been riven by deep internal divisions over gender, race and sexuality. An enthralling narrative account of the United States' most important homegrown religion, American Zion will be seen as the definitive history of Mormonism for years to come.