Product Code: XB216
Title: All Abraham's Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage
Author: Armand L. Mauss
Publisher: University of Illinois
Price: $38.00
Date: 2003
Pages: 343
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Description

"All Abraham's Children is Armand L. Mauss's long-awaited magnum opus on the origin and evolution of traditional Mormon beliefs and practices concerning ethnic minorities. Mauss examines how members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have defined themselves and others in terms of racial lineages.

"He describes a complex process of the broadening of these self-defined lineages during the last part of the twentieth century as the modern Mormon church continued its worldwide expansion through intense missionary work.

"Incorporating his own sociological research, Mauss contends that Mormon constructions of racial identity have not necessarily affected actual behavior negatively and that in some cases Mormons have shown greater tolerance than other groups in the American mainstream.

"Employing a broad intellectual historical analysis to identify shifts in LDS behavior over time, All Abraham's Children constitutes an important contribution to Mormon historiography." (From jacket cover.)

Table of Contents

Preface

  1. The Mormon Missionary Impulse and the Negotiation of Identity
  2. Mormons and Israelite Lineage
  3. From Lamanites to Indians
  4. The Return of the Lamanites
  5. Old Lamanites, New Lamanites, and the Negotiation of Identity
  6. Christian and Mormon Constructions of Jewish Identity
  7. Mormons and Secular Anti-Semitism
  8. The Curse of African Lineage in Mormon History
  9. The Campaign to Cast Off the Curse of Cain
  10. Reprise

Appendixes

  1. Notes on Library and Personal Sources
  2. Supplementary Tables for Measuring Mormon Beliefs about Jews and Blacks
  3. Path Diagrams as Summaries of the Formation of Mormon Attitudes toward Jews and Blacks

References
Index



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