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THE MORMONS 

This film will chronicle the turbulent 19th century history of a uniquely American religion, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as its members suffered repeated persecutions, undertook a westward migration, and established themselves in deserts of the west, where for a while they practiced beliefs—polygamy, the union of church and state, and a communal economy—that prompted the United States government to send an army against them. We will also see how the Mormons responded, ultimately bringing themselves not only into statehood for Utah, but the mainstream of American society. Besides providing a fascinating portrait of the birth and growth of a religion, this is a thoroughly compelling saga, filled with larger-than-life characters, incredible drama, and complex interactions with our nation’s founding principles, political history, and physical movement across the continent.

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