A heritage with sweeping implications, American Messiahs demanding situations our prior misconceptions approximately “cult” leaders and their messianic power.
Mania surrounding messianic prophets has outlined the nationwide awareness because the American Revolution. From Civil battle 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 generally been pushed aside as risky 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 heritage. As Morris demonstrates, those charismatic, if incorrect, would-be prophets sought to reveal and ameliorate deep social ills—such as source of revenue inequality, gender conformity, and racial injustice. Provocative and lengthy past due, this can be the tale of these who attempted to indicate the way in which towards an most unlikely “American Dream”: women and men who momentarily captured the mind's eye of a kingdom constantly trying to find salvation.
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