Socialists in the Kingdom of God

Today the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is widely understood to be a right-wing force in US politics. But just over 100 years ago, Mormons were at the center of a religious socialist renaissance in Utah.

Illustration by Gabe Schneider

In June 1863, Charles Dickens found himself among strange companions boarding a ship from London to the United States of America, a country then engulfed by civil war. He was struck by the difference between these people and the Victorian Englanders he was accustomed to. These were clearly poor families, but they were not drinking, […]

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