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BYU Studies Quarterly

BYU Studies Quarterly

Authors

Mark W. Cannon

Abstract

The anti-Catholic movement of the 1850s shares common features with the anti-Masonic movement of the 1830s and the anti-Mormon movement of the 1870s and 1880s. A closer look at these three movements reveals a distrust among nineteenth-century Americans for any small yet unified minority. The author discusses the similarities among the three campaigns and explores reasons why the anti-Mormon crusade was successful when the previous two were not.

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