Chapter 8


Dismantling the Kingdom (1877-1896)



The anti-Mormon campaign of the late nineteenth century was among the most intense anti-religious campaign in American history, disrupting society.

Reasons why the federal government and reformers went after the Mormons? Religious: pointed to plural marriage, upstart religion with a prophet, united orders, and other issues. Moral: involvement in murders, plural marriage. Political: church controlled legislatures, probate judges. Economic: dealt in groups with non-Mormon boycotts.