Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds: Conflicting Visions, Contested Boundaries (Religion in North America) (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author


Stephen C. Taysom teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Cleveland State University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780253355409
ISBN-10: 0253355400
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2010
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Religion in North America