Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds: Conflicting Visions, Contested Boundaries

Title

Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds: Conflicting Visions, Contested Boundaries

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Description

Among America's more interesting new religious movements, the Shakers and the Mormons came to be thought of as separate and distinct from mainstream Protestantism. Using archives and historical materials from the 19th century, Stephen C. Taysom shows how these groups actively maintained boundaries and created their own thriving, but insular communities. Taysom discovers a core of innovation deployed by both the Shakers and the Mormons through which they embraced their status as outsiders. Their marginalization was critical to their initial success. As he skillfully negotiates the differences between Shakers and Mormons, Taysom illuminates the characteristics which set these groups apart and helped them to become true religious dissenters.

ISBN

0253355400

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Indiana University Press

City

Bloomington

Keywords

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mormon church, history, religion, doctrines, Shakers, United States, 19th century

Disciplines

Christian Denominations and Sects | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | History of Christianity | Mormon Studies