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By J.B. Haws

Winner of the Mormon heritage organization top e-book Award

What do americans relatively take into consideration Mormons, and why? via a desirable survey of Mormon encounters with the media, together with such personalities and occasions because the Osmonds, the Olympics, the Tabernacle Choir, evangelical Christians, the equivalent Rights modification, Sports Illustrated, or even pass over the US, J.B. Haws unearths the dramatic transformation of the yank public's realizing of Mormons some time past half-century.

When the Mormon George Romney, former governor of Michigan, ran for president in 1968, he was once well-liked for his own piety and characterised as "a form of political Billy Graham." whilst George's son Mitt ran in 2008, a generally dispensed e mail advised millions of Christians vote for Mitt Romney used to be a vote for devil. What had replaced within the intervening 4 a long time? Why have been the theology of the Latter-day Saints and their "Christian" prestige quite often nonissues in 1968 yet so hotly contested in 2008? For years, the yankee belief of Mormonism has been torn among admiration for person Mormons-seen as pleasant, hard-working, and family-oriented-and ambivalence towards institutional Mormonism-allegedly secretive, authoritarian, and bizarre.

The Mormon snapshot within the American Mind bargains very important perception into the complicated shifts in public notion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its individuals, and its position in American society.

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