Mormons in American PoliticsAugust 24, 2013
I recently read Mormons in American Politics: From Persecution to Power by political scientists Luke Perry and Christopher Cronin. The book offers a good, informative look at the evolution of Mormons in U.S. politics and public life. The authors cover a variety of topics from Joseph Smith to Mitt Romney, from presidential campaigns to Broadway, from patriotism to marriage. As the authors considered Romney's first presidential campaign, they cited my Communication Studies article that examined his religion and politics speech along with John F. Kennedy's religion and politics speech (which was the most downloaded article for the journal last year). Although Romney's presidential quest is over, it is still likely another Mormon will run for Commander-in-Chief and that other Mormons will continue to influence public policy debates. Thus, Perry and Cronin set a good foundation for future research that will surely arise.