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Terrible Revolution: Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalypse

Christopher James Blythe


The relationship between Mormons and the United States was marked by anxiety and hostility. Nineteenth-century Latter-day Saints looked forward to apocalyptic events that would unseat corrupt governments across the globe but would particularly decimate the tyrannical government of the United States. Mormons turned to prophecies of divine deliverance by way of plagues, natural disasters, foreign invasions, American Indian raids, slave uprisings, or civil war unleashed on American cities and American people. For the Saints, these violent images promised an end to their oppression. It also promis ... More

Keywords: apocalypticism, Mormon, Latter-day Saint, prophecy, visions, dreams, Revelation, folklore, millenarian, Utah Territory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190080280
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190080280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher James Blythe, author
Research Associate, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University