January 20, 2012

We've Come a Long Way Since 1857

Bill Leonard, Associated Baptist Press

In 1857, if anyone in America had suggested that there would come a day when a Mormon and an African-American would be the nominees of the nation’s two major parties for the presidency of the United States, almost no one would have believed it.

After all, Joseph Smith, the prophet/founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had been gunned down in Carthage, Ill., 13 years earlier, the same year he declared his candidacy for president of the U.S.

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TAGGED: Election 2012, Catholics, African-Americans, Mormons

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