Episode 148: Dollop: James Strang, Island Mormon

He was basically treated like a canned ham.
–Gareth

King James, 1856 That looming forehead is just crying for a crown, amirite? Be fair.

King James, 1856
That looming forehead is just crying for a crown, amirite? Be fair.

 

Fredonia, New York => Fredonia Male Academy/Normal School =>

Fredonia gets a major shoutout in the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup, as “Freedonia”. Groucho noticed it on the railroad station Dunkirk-Fredonia on the New York/Chicago line, and liked the name.

Duck Soup also has the most bodacious character name: Rufus T. Firefly.

Seriously, how are you a Rube, a true blue Dollop fan, and you haven’t seen Duck Soup? It’s only the length of some Dollop episodes! Git! Go! Now.

I have my hands on my hips and this is my Serious Face.

So, we find ourselves in the Burned Over District again.
No graham crackers or cereal this time, folks. No dueling doctors, but pissing-match prophets.

(Let us take a moment of silence for that alliteration. Damn proud.)

Emma (Hale) Smith Bidamon, years after she had seen through Joseph Smith. Look at that expression. She cannot even.

Emma (Hale) Smith Bidamon, years after she had seen through Joseph Smith. Look at that expression. She cannot even.

If you are playing fantasy Mormonball, here’s a quick rundown so you can fill in your brackets:

  • Brigham Young: into polygamy, took followers to Utah, founded what became today’s LDS church, seen as Joseph Smith’s rightful successor (@ mormonwiki.com)
  • Sidney Rigdon: tolerant of polygamy, followers remained in Kirtland, Ohio, then moved to Pittsburgh (@ mormonwiki.com)
  • James Strang: against polygamy, found his own set of plates at Voree (@ mormonwiki.com)
  • and a shoutout to the woman who WAS NOT FOOLED by Joseph Smith’s polygamy shenanigans: Emma (Hale) Smith: against polygamy, followers remained where they were, damn it, founded the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints (RLDS)

very thorough Wikipedia page–really a portal–on the origin on American polygamy. I don’t use the word “thorough” lightly. Check it:

And this is just the sidebar, never mind the index! You wants info, you gots info.

And this is just the sidebar, never mind the index! You wants info, you gots info.

 

 

Scuttling is the act of deliberately sinking a ship by allowing water to flow into the hull. This can be achieved in several ways—valves or hatches can be opened to the sea, or holes may be ripped into the hull with brute force or with explosives.

 

And now, a musical interlude, a dedication for King James I of America. Young’uns, y’all are going to love this one:

 

Books! Yay! (Y’all better say “yay!”)

Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith * Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery

Winner, winner, chicken dinner for juiciest title: Sidney Rigdon: A Portrait of Religious Excess * Richard  S. Van Wagoner

Seer stones, angels, and plates, o my. Early Mormonism and the Magic World View * D. Michael Quinn

In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith * Todd M. Compton

James Jesse Strang: The Rise and Fall of Michigan’s Mormon King * Don Faber

Assassination of a Michigan King: The Life of James Jesse Strang * Roger Van Noord

and, the Kindle Single I am currently reading: The Polygamist King: A True Story of Murder, Lust, and Exotic Faith in America * John J. Miller

 

baptism of/for the dead/baptism by proxy/vicarious baptism: yes, it is a thing, a current thing. The LDS church received a lot of flak some years ago for baptizing people off the lists of victims of the Holocaust, as well as perpetrators. NOT a good look.

 

List of denominations/branches/breaches of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS):

 

HistoricNauvoo.net

The Society for Strang Studies (No, I am not kidding, I would not tease about something so awesome)

 

And one final musical sendoff for our one and only American King (God, I hope), the Island King who could not be tamed, except by a bullet (too soon?)…

Band names from this episode:

  • Pump Camp (Limp Bizkit cover band)
  • Schrunchface
  • One Great Thing (think 21st century Creed)
  • Vagina Boy
  • kinghouse
  • Dreams of Empire

Cultural references from this episode:

Oh, why not, let’s flashback to my senior year of high school. Hammer pants, let’s do this!

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About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain. I'm just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It's all about connections. IT'S ALL CONNECTED. I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.

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