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Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and The Problem of Racial Innocence

Joanna Brooks


This book examines the role of white American Christianity in fostering and sustaining white supremacy. It draws from theology, critical race theory, and American religious history to make the argument that predominantly white Christian denominations have served as a venue for establishing white privilege and have conveyed to white believers a sense of moral innocence without requiring moral reckoning with the costs of anti-Black racism. To demonstrate these arguments, the book draws from Mormon history from the 1830s to the present, from an archive that includes speeches, historical documents ... More

Keywords: white supremacy, Christianity, Mormonism, critical race studies, LDS Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190081768
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190081768.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Brooks, author
Associate Vice President for Faculty Advancement, San Diego State University