All Abraham's Children
Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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This book is the product of four decades of intermittent thought and work.The project has been interrupted often, sometimes by unavoidable careercontingencies and sometimes by regrettable digressions that I could haveprevented. Now, however, in the twilight of my academic career, I am anx-ious to see the work published, lest all those decades and their cumulative...
1. The Mormon Missionary Impulseand the Negotiation of Identity
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Even if politically imbalanced, conversion encounters are alwaystwo-sided, and the social and intellectual dynamics of each campSeveral story lines are intertwined in this book. At the most abstractlevel, one story illustrates the power of religious ideas and human behavioron each other, indeed on the operational deﬁnition of reality itself.1 It is an...
2. Mormons and Israelite Lineage
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...them is turbulent and resolute; they are the Anglo-Saxon race...martyred nation, chosen of God and sent upon the earth to sufferand endure for His sake... a preexistent race, ordained before theI have learned to admire, respect, and love the good people fromevery race, culture, and nation... no race or class seems superior...
3. From Lamanites to Indians
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...the New Jerusalem on this continent . . . ? Does not that book sayassistance. This illusion is born of an inordinate love for FatherLehi’s children. . . . The temple in Jackson County will be built byEphraim, meaning the Church as it is now constituted . . . and itwill be to this Ephraim that all the other tribes will come in due...
4. The Return of the Lamanites
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We have a deﬁnite responsibility to the Lamanites. . . . It is myconviction that the end will not come, . . . that the Lord himselfYou’re Indians. You’re Lamanites . . . a covenant people, a chosenAs the twentieth century arrived, historians and pundits pronouncedthe western frontier of the United States “closed” (F. Turner 1911). Americans...
5. Old Lamanites, New Lamanites,and the Negotiation of Identity
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...my ancestry, the dealings of the Lord with them, and the gloriousYou’re Lamanites... a covenant people, a chosen race, a people ofWhen Spencer W. Kimball took up his mantle as president of the churchat the end of 1973, he had championed the cause of the American Indians asan apostle for at least three decades. He had much to show for his efforts and...
6. Christian and Mormon Constructionsof Jewish Identity
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Jesus saith unto [the Jews], if ye were Abraham’s children, ye woulddo the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me.... Ye are ofreturn all these things upon your own heads, for I the Lord haveEven in the genocidal history of twentieth-century Europe, the mass mur-ders of the Jews seem to have been uniquely systematic and extensive. That...
7. Mormons and Secular Anti-Semitism
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There should be no ill will, and I am sure there is none, in the heartof any true Latter-day Saint, toward the Jewish people. . . . And letagainst these people. I believe in no other part of the world is thereI have perceived no sign of anti-Semitism in any ofﬁce, school ormay safely be said: there is probably no Christian-Gentile culture...
8. The Curse of African Lineagein Mormon History
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...hold the priesthood, and if no other prophet ever spake it before Ireceiving the priesthood... it will be time enough to remove theBoth the Latter-day Saints and the nation passed through tumultu-ous and fundamental social changes during the century or more after thesedeclarations.1 In some of these changes, the Mormons were simply in tan-...
9. The Campaign to Cast Offthe Curse of Cain
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...[The Lord] . . . by revelation has conﬁrmed that all worthy male[The 1978 revelation] continues to speak for itself. . . . I don’t seeThe 1978 declaration of the church leaders in the opening epigraph waswidely expected to bring an end to the most important controversy in Mor-mondom during the second half of the twentieth century. That the church...
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...internationalist, an intermediary between... civilizations. Abroadhe represents a universal religion... ; at home he is constantlyThe epigraph comes from a book whose general theme is the enormousimpact that Protestant missionary work in China had on the missionariesthemselves during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth (Xi 1997).1...
Appendix A: Notes on Library andPersonal Sources
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Appendix B: Supplementary Tablesfor Measuring Mormon Beliefs aboutJews and Blacks
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Appendix C: Path Diagrams as Summariesof the Formation of Mormon Attitudestoward Jews and Blacks
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About the Author
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...gious studies at Washington State University, has published wide-with Assimilation (1994). He is past editor of the Journal for the...
Page Count: 368
Publication Year: 2003