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Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism

Peter Coviello


For many of their contemporaries, the nineteenth-century Mormons were the victims of a peculiar kind of zealotry: theirs was the story of a population deranged--socially, sexually, even racially--by the extravagances of belief they chose to name “religion.” This book offers a counterhistory of early Mormonism, tracking the Latter-day Saints from the period of their emergence as a dissident sect, fired by a heterodox and scandalizing carnal imagination, through to their renunciation of polygamy at century’s end. Over these unruly decades, the Mormons would appear by turns as heretics, sex-radic ... More

Keywords: Mormonism, Joseph Smith, secularism, American religion, biopolitics, Native Studies, polygamy, queer theory, race, Brigham Young

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226474168
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226474472.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Coviello, author
University of Illinois at Chicago

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