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“Black, White, and Mormon”: Paul Reeve on Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness –TONIGHT

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 15, 2012

Paul Reeve

“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

7:00 PM

Weber State University Alumni Center
1235 East 4100 South
Ogden, Utah

Public Invited; No Charge

Co-Sponsored by William Critchlow



5 Comments »

  1. I would love to be there for this at my alma mater and in my hometown, but alas, I am going to be 800 miles away.

    Comment by kevinf — October 8, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  2. Will there be a publication of the research and conversations from the conference? I would love to be there, but traveling is just not part of life right now.

    Comment by Julia — October 9, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  3. The title comes from Paul’s forthcoming book, so his thoughts will be published in that, rather than just whatever part of his book makes it into this lecture. I hope to be able to report it coherently enough that we can have a conversation here.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 9, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

  4. Got it. So will there be other panelists too?

    Comment by Julia — October 10, 2012 @ 12:04 am

  5. No, this time it’s a solo lecture.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 10, 2012 @ 3:32 am

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