Redefining Stereotype of Mormonism

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Redefining Stereotype in Mormonism
Primary sources are the priceless eyes and ears that our future descendants will have when they look to consider our ways, habits, and deeds. When one considers conditions of 19th century or before, one has even fewer primary sources on which to lean. Narrative accounts are often the only source of information for the historian, and so a crucial skill can be the interpretation, and deciphering, of the biases of the original writer. In Female Lives among Mormons, Ward gives the audience a rare insight to the reclusive livelihood and the beginnings of the Mormons Church. The autobiography portrays the culture and values that the Mormons initially practice are against American ideals. From the account of Ward, who lived through the beginnings of Mormonism, the common prejudice and stereotype of Mormonism in modern America is justifiable. One century later, David Brion Davis argued in Some Themes of Counter-Subversion that nativist writing is a common reflection of apparent religious intolerance in nineteenth century America, but he did not take into account that it is an autobiography. He argues that the reason why Mormon is prejudiced because it is “shrouded with secrecy, deemed extraneous forces that are allegedly threatening the heritage of Republican Ideology.” (Davis 209) He also contends that the members themselves are not “individually evil but they were blinded and corrupted by ideology that justified treason and gross immorality.” (Davis 208) and made a mistake by putting Mormonism, a new controversial religion into the same category as Catholicism and Freemasonry that have long roots of history.
Davis argued that the stereotype of Mormon leader which made him appears at times as “a virtual superman, he was never hindered by conscience or respect for traditional morality, were curiously superior to ordinary Americans in…...

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