Mormons in Victorian Manchester

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Manchester Mormons were typical of many members of the Church who were baptized between 1838 and 1860, the early years of rapid growth in the British Mission. The Manchester Branch was one of the largest branches in England and was located in an industrial and urban setting, the kind of environment in which the majority of British converts lived. A study of the members reveals many things about the rank and file English Mormon at that time. Through the demographic data extracted from branch records and personal information from journals, we can round out a picture of these people not only in terms of what work they did and where they lived, but also how they fit into the larger pattern. By placing them in their historical setting, we may gain an understanding of some of the members’ actions and attitudes during the Victorian era.

 

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