Re-placing Memory: Latter-day Saint Use of Historical Monuments and Narrative in the Early Twentieth Century

  title={Re-placing Memory: Latter-day Saint Use of Historical Monuments and Narrative in the Early Twentieth Century},
  author={Kathleen Flake},
  journal={Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation},
  pages={69 - 109}
  • K. Flake
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
In the winter of 1905, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S. or the “Mormons”) departed Utah on two, seemingly disparate, missions to the east coast. One contingent went to defend their church at Senate hearings in Washington, D.C.; the other, to Vermont to dedicate a monument to church founder Joseph Smith. These forays into national politics and religious memory re-fashioned Latter-day Saint identity, as well as public perception of Mormonism, for the remainder of… 
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