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Interview at Religion in American History: Race and the Making of the Mormon People

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Andrea L. Turpin at Religion in American History, about Race and the Making of the Mormon People. Here is a bit of it. AT: What led you to write Race and the Making of the Mormon People?   MPM: I’ve shared a bit of my professional and confessional history elsewhere. Let [...]

Roundtable at JI (and My Response) on Race and the Making of the Mormon People

It was a great honor to have Juvenile Instructor do a roundtable on Race and the Making of the Mormon People. Below is the beginning of my response. Each of the roundtable’s comments/critiques focuses on one or both of two of the major interventions of my book: the first is to theorize “whiteness” and “race” more [...]

Interview at Reading Religion: Race and the Making of the Mormon People

I had the great pleasure of speaking to Reading Religion's Assistant Editor, Kirsten Boles at last year's AAR about Race and the Making of the Mormon People. Here's a taste! The Book of Mormon was published in 1830, a time in United States history replete with racial struggles and negotiations. In such an environment, this new “gospel [...]