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Railroading religion : Mormons, tourists, and the corporate spirit of the West

Author: David Walker
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Walker tracks how 'knowledge' about Mormon life was generated among settlers, railroad agents, travelers, boosters, and bureaucrats from Sacramento to Salt Lake to Washington D.C. and stops between. How ordinary Americans articulated and advanced their own theories about Mormondom, Walker argues, accomplished nothing less than the rise of religion as a category of both the popular and scholarly imagination. As it  Read more...
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Walker, David, 1975-
Railroading religion.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2019011574
(OCoLC)1090282669
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Walker
ISBN: 9781469653211 1469653214 9781469653228 1469653222
OCLC Number: 1112152964
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Corinnethians and the death knell thesis --
Brigham Young and the railroad connection --
Godbeites and the capital of dissent --
Steamboats and the rise of atrocity tourism --
Patrons and the plays of Mormon culture --
Tourists and the making of an American mainline.
Responsibility: David Walker.

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Railroads, tourism, and government bureaucracy combined to create modern religion in the American West, argues David Walker in this innovative study of Mormonism's ascendency in the railroad era.  Read more...

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