Whiteness in Modern Latter-day Saint History and Culture
Mormon Studies Review
Brigham Young University
As race studies in the field of Mormon history are being produced at a higher rate than ever before, it is the scholar’s job to closely examine how race and identity inform an individual’s or a group’s activities and politics. Whiteness is an identity that must be included in these analyses. Scholars interested in history and memory, American entertainment, political history, women’s movements, and markers of race and belonging in American life will find useful tools in tracing how Latter-day Saints utilized whiteness in their politics and teachings. In particular, scholars whose work examines gender, race, and the function of historical narrative will find resonance with Latter-day Saint history and memory.