February 6, 2013

Are Mormons a New Race?

Terryl Givens, Huffington Post

A mislabeled painting is one of the most telling artifacts in Mormonism's long and sometimes fractious history with the American people. In 1876, a work by Mormon immigrant from Scandinavia Danquart Anthon Weggeland was accepted for the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. It came to be known as Campsite Along the Mormon Trail (its current catalog listing). Mormon viewers readily saw themselves in the scene of west-bound travelers, with their wagon and pitched tents, dancing and playing music with cookfires and a mountain peak in the background, all portrayed by a Latter-day Saint upon the heels of the forced exodus from Illinois.

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