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Thunder from the Right – Ezra Taft Benson in Mormonism and Politics - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Thunder from the Right: Ezra Taft Benson in Mormonism and Politics

Matthew L. Harris


The essays in this volume probe Ezra Taft Benson’s remarkable, though controversial, career as a religious leader in the Mormon Church, political figure in the Eisenhower administration, and anti-communist leader in American presidential politics. Each essay is written by an experienced scholar of Mormon history and is informed by archival material previously underutilized or unavailable to researchers. The essays explain why Latter-day Saints loved Benson--and why they found him polarizing. An underlying theme is that Ezra Taft Benson’s intense patriotism and fierce ultraconservatism made him ... More

Keywords: Mormonism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, David O. McKay, Religion, Cold War, Book of Mormon, socialism, liberalism, communism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042256
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew L. Harris, editor
Colorado State University--Pueblo

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