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Author Rust, Val Dean.

Title Radical origins : early Mormon converts and their colonial ancestors / Val D. Rust.

Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2004.


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Physical description xi, 253 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Early Mormons: a peculiar people -- Progenitors of early LDS converts -- The pilgrims of Plymouth Colony -- Puritan progenitors in Massachusetts and Maine -- Puritan progenitors in Connecticut -- Schismatic New England -- The Antinomian crisis -- Anabaptists, Quakers, and Gortonists -- LDS progenitors engaged in alchemy and astrology -- Witchcraft among LDS progenitors -- Generational connections -- Progenitors of the American religion.
Summary Val D. Rust's Radical Origins investigates whether the unconventional religious beliefs of their colonial ancestors predisposed early Mormon converts to embrace the "radical" message of Joseph Smith Jr. and his new church.
Utilizing a unique set of meticulously compiled genealogical data, Rust uncovers the ancestors of early church members throughout what we understand as the radical segment of the Protestant Reformation. Coming from backgrounds in the Antinomians, Seekers, Anabaptists, Quakers, and the Family of Love, many colonial ancestors of the Mormon church's early members had been ostracized from their communities. Expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, some were whipped, mutilated, or even hanged for their beliefs.
Rust shows how family traditions can be passed down through the generations, and can ultimately shape the outlook of future generations. This, he argues, extends the historical role of Mormons by giving their early story significant implications for understanding the larger context of American colonial history. Featuring a provocative thesis and stunning original research, Radical Origins is a remarkable contribution to our understanding of religion in the development of American culture and the field of Mormon history.
Subject Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Genealogy.
Mormon converts -- Biography.
Mormons -- Genealogy.
Mormon Church -- Genealogy.
United States -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
ISBN 0252029100 (Cloth : alkaline paper)