The Portrayal of Mormonism Criticism: Mormon Periodicals And Journals - Essay

Ronald W. Walker (essay date 1974)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “The Keep-A-Pitchinin or the Mormon Pioneer Was Human,” in Brigham Young University Studies, Vol. 14, 1974, pp. 331-44.

[In the following essay, Walker claims that the lively wit and satirical humor in the short-lived periodical Keep-A-Pitchinin often contradicted the typical image of the sober, straight-faced Mormon.]

If there’s anybody doleful
          Just grab him by the fin
And lead him to the office
          Of the keep-a-pitchinin.

Keep-A-Pitchinin, March 1, 1870, p. 3.

Salt Lake's short-lived Keep-A-Pitchinin (pronounced “keep a pitchin’in”) was more than one of the West's first...

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David Buice (essay date 1988)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Chattanooga's Southern Star: Mormon Window on the South, 1898-1900,” in Brigham Young University Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring, 1988, pp. 5-15.

[In the following essay, Buice contends that the writings in the Chattanooga, Tennessee Southern Star offer invaluable insight into the expansion of Mormonism into the southern states.]

One of the least researched and least known facets of Mormonism is the history of the Church in the southern United States. This omission is, in a sense, understandable. Mormon missionary activities in the South during the antebellum period were scattered and sporadic and, frankly speaking, far less important than...

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