The origins of Mormonism can be better understood by looking at its historical context. The period between 1820 and 1845 was a time of political, social, economic, and religious revolution in America and has been termed "The Second Revolution." The author examines the general, religious, and socio-economic preparations the Second Revolution made for the spread of early Mormonism.
Andrus, Hyrum L.
"The Second American Revolution: Era of Preparation,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 1
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol1/iss2/6