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The Viper on the HearthMormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199933808

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199933808.001.0001

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“Ground in the Presbyterian Smut Machine”: The Popular Press, Fiction, and Moral Crusading

“Ground in the Presbyterian Smut Machine”: The Popular Press, Fiction, and Moral Crusading

(p.105) Chapter 6“Ground in the Presbyterian Smut Machine”: The Popular Press, Fiction, and Moral Crusading
The Viper on the Hearth

Terryl L. Givens

Oxford University Press

Given the fact that newspapers, novelists, preachers, politicians, and humorists united in heaping contempt upon Mormonism—and upon other heterodoxies as well—in the nineteenth century, it is natural enough to ask what provoked such opposition. This chapter addresses the following question: what circumstances might have contributed to an atmosphere in which it was possible to galvanize, exacerbate, and express public opinion in a way that created a symphony of censure out of disparate and often unrelated protests? It suggests that while the Mormon image prevalent throughout most of the nineteenth century was largely a response to a perceived Mormon heresy, tensions can be compounded, facilitated, and exaggerated by prevailing norms and mechanisms of rhetorical practice. Construction of the Mormon image was profoundly affected by revolutions in publishing, literacy, and literary form that conditioned an entire generation of literature hostile to religious heterodoxy.

Keywords:   mormonism, mormons, public opinion, mormon heresy, mormon image, publishing, literacy, literary form, religious heterodoxy

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