Arrington, Leonard J.. Early Mormon communitarianism

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Title: Early Mormon communitarianism

Published in: Mormonism and American culture, edited by Marvin S. Hill and James B. Allen

Published By: Mormonism and American culture, edited by Marvin S. Hill and James B. Allen New York: Harper and Row, Publishers. 1972. 37-58 p.

By line: Leonard J. Arrington

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2018. Computer File

Culture: Mormons (NT24)

Subjects: Comparative evidence (171); History (175); Cultural goals (185); Property system (421); Real property (423); Cooperative organization (474); Revelation and divination (787); Congregations (794);

Abstract: This work discusses attempts by the first Mormons to build a religious community based on the leveling and communitarian principles of consecration and stewardship, as originally revealed to Joseph Smith. All property was deeded to the Church in exchange for a grant based on the needs of each family. Such property became consecrated, deemed God's possessions, including surplus that was redistributed according to need. The author reveals the difficulties in implementing the policy, and reasons for its eventual abandonment in 1838 when the community was forced to move for a third time, to Illinois. For references cited see Hill and Allen (1972 “Selected bibliography”).

Document Number: 86

Document ID: nt24-086

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 95

Field Date: not applicable

Evaluation: Historians, Indigenes-4,5

Analyst: Marlene Martin; Martin Malone; 1978. Ian Skoggard; 2012

Coverage Date: 1831-1841

Coverage Place: Ohio, Missouri and Illinios, United States

LCSH: Mormons


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