A historical past with sweeping implications, American Messiahs demanding situations our past misconceptions approximately “cult” leaders and their messianic power.
Mania surrounding messianic prophets has outlined the nationwide cognizance because the American Revolution. From Civil struggle veteran and virulent anticapitalist Cyrus Teed, to the dapper and ignored civil rights pioneer Father Divine, to even the megalomaniacal Jim Jones, those figures have usually been pushed aside as harmful and hysterical outliers.
After years of learning those emblematic figures, Adam Morris demonstrates that messiahs aren't only a vintage trope of our nationwide tradition; their visions are crucial for knowing American background. As Morris demonstrates, those charismatic, if incorrect, would-be prophets sought to show and ameliorate deep social ills—such as source of revenue inequality, gender conformity, and racial injustice. Provocative and lengthy late, this is often the tale of these who attempted to indicate the best way towards an most unlikely “American Dream”: women and men who momentarily captured the mind's eye of a kingdom continuously trying to find salvation.
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