“BLACK, WHITE, AND MORMON: RACE AND THE MORMON STRUGGLE FOR WHITENESS”
While most people are familiar with the nineteenth-century racial policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, few are equally familiar with the ways in which outsiders conflated Mormons with blacks. This lecture explores the ways in which outsiders racialized Mormons in the nineteenth-century, denigrated them as “white slaves,” facilitators of racial contamination, and “Mormon coons.” In a national racial context that privileged whiteness at every turn, Mormons responded out of efforts to claim whiteness for themselves. It was a struggle that had far reaching implications, from the nineteenth-century to the twenty-first, and from Brigham Young to Mitt Romney.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Weber State University Alumni Center
1235 East 4100 South
Public Invited; No Charge
Co-Sponsored by William Critchlow