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'Mormon problem' in 19th-century U.S. politics topic for Dec. 10 BYU lecture

The 2008 election is not the first time The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been a focus of attention in the national political scene. The early Saints were discussed often in the nation’s capital during the time of Brigham Young. Thomas G. Alexander will highlight this time in his lecture, “Thomas L. Kane and the ‘Mormon Problem’ in National Politics,” on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium.

This presentation is part of the Thomas L. Kane Exhibition Lecture Series held in conjunction with the exhibit “In Honorable Remembrance: Thomas L. Kane and the Latter-day Saints” now on display in L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Alexander is the Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Professor of Western American History Emeritus at Brigham Young University. He joined the BYU faculty in 1964, and served as the assistant director, associate director and was the director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies from 1972 to 1992. Author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and monographs and 130 articles, Alexander specializes in Utah history, Western history, environmental history and Mormon history.

For more information, contact Roger Layton, Harold B. Lee Library communications manager, at (801) 422-6687 or, or Thomas G. Alexander at (801) 375-8797 or

Writer: April Chalk

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