- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252028031
- ISBN-13: 978-0252028038
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All Abraham's Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage Hardcover – April, 2003
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"All Abraham's Children affords a highly engrossing and superbly researched account of changing Mormon relations with minorities from the time of the religion's founding to the present. I expect it to become a classic."
"This exceptionally well-articulated book is an important work on Mormon race relations and a significant statement of Mormon intellectual and cultural history."
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He wrote in the Preface to this 2003 book, "This book ... analyzes the origin and nature of traditional Mormon attitudes and behavior toward Jews, Native Americans, and people of black African origin... and it compares 'racial' attitudes of Mormons with those in certain other religious denominations for which survey data were available."
Here are some additional quotations from the book:
"Certain specific ideas from those (British-Israel) movements were clearly reflected in the discourse and teachings of LDS leaders..." (Pg. 29)
"During the 1970s and 1980s, (Bruce R.) McConkie modified some of his ideas ... (and) change in church policy also required him to to drop his long-standing prediction that blacks would not be given the priesthood during mortality ... Yet McConkie never recanted any of his other racialist ideas." (Pg. 31)
"The various Mormon missionary enterprises to the Indians cannot be considered very successful if measured by the sheer number of converts or their retention in the faith." (Pg. 68)
"Interestingly enough, prior to 1981, (2 Neph 30:6) read 'WHITE and delightsome' in some earlier editions... In 1839, Joseph Smith ... approved a third edition of the Book of Mormon ... changing 'white' to 'pure' in this passage... (But) 'white' (instead of 'pure') remained in the official text until the 1981 edition..." (Pg. 117)
"Only in the twentieth century, and then only for brief periods, did the Mormons launch any special missionary programs among Jews, and these proved rather unproductive..." (Pg. 183)
"Africans and African Americans presented an anomaly to the usual LDS eagerness for missionary outreach to the varied peoples of the earth, for the church itself resisted proselyting among black populations for more than a century." (Pg. 212)