New PDF release: The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the

By Terryl Givens

ISBN-10: 0195101839

ISBN-13: 9780195101836

Nineteenth-century American writers usually solid the Mormon as a inventory villain in such fictional genres as mysteries, westerns, and well known romances. The Mormons have been depicted as a violent and perverse people--the "viper at the hearth"--who sought to violate the family sphere of the mainstream. whereas different critics have mined the socio-political resources of anti-Mormonism, Givens is the 1st to bare how well known fiction, in its try and take care of the resources and nature of this clash, built a picture of the Mormon as a spiritual and social "Other."

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Meanwhile, the church had been experiencing problems of its own in Missouri. Assembling there the year after the church's organization in New York, the Mormons had at first settled in Jackson County. They lasted two years before anti-Mormon activity drove them to several neighboring counties, but principally Clay County. By June of 1836, they had overstayed their welcome in that county as well, and a mass meeting of citizens was called to act upon the problem. They unanimously passed a resolution calling for the Saints' removal.

About this time he received a letter from his non-member brother George, in which he offered a northerner's view of the Mormon wars: "I believe . . "39 Within days of the Footes' arrival in Quincy, Illinois, the prophet and his companions arrived as well, and the decision was soon made to sitviate in Commerce, a swarnpy settlement of six buildings on a panoramic bend of the Mississippi. Although the advice of General John B. Clark of the Missouri Militia had been to mix with general society, the Mormons in their Illinois period only consolidated their position as a distinct, independent people.

I will here relate the manner of his escape in his own words as he told to us after he got better. Our guns were all in the blacksmith's shop when the mob came upon us unexpectedly. Orders were given to run to the shop. The mob formed a half circle on the north side of the shop extending partly across the east and west ends, so as to cover all retreat from the shop. They commenced firing before we could escape with our arms. I made two or three lumps for the door when a bullet struck me a little below the right shoulder blade and lodged against the skin near the pit of my stomach.

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