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Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness

W. Paul Reeve


The Protestant white majority in the nineteenth century was convinced that Mormonism represented a racial—not merely religious—departure from the mainstream, and they spent considerable effort attempting to substantiate their claims. At least some of that effort came through persistent attacks on the collective Mormon body: outsiders suggested that Mormons were physically different and racially more similar to marginalized groups than to white people. One Senate report argued that someone on the outside could distinguish a Mormon “at a glance,” especially because of the degenerate nature of th ... More

Keywords: race, whiteness, Mormon, black, segregated, priesthood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199754076
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. Paul Reeve, author
University of Utah