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‘Mormon Land’: How the LDS faith reveres America as the ‘Hamilton’ movie debuts and a nation debates the founders’ virtues and vices

(Evan Agostini | Invision/AP, file) In this June 12, 2016, file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of "Hamilton" perform at the Tony Awards in New York. A movie version of the musical is now streaming on Disney+.

As Americans tune into the movie version of the Broadway megahit “Hamilton” amid a national debate about the virtues and vices of the nation’s framers, the question arises: How do and should Latter-day Saints view them?

Mormon scriptures prophecy that the Americas would sprout a place of “promise,” a “land of liberty.” Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are taught that God “raised up” these “choice spirits” to establish a divinely inspired Constitution and a Declaration of Independence that proclaims “all men are created equal.”

Yet many of the founders embraced slavery; others enabled it.

On this week’s podcast, Benjamin Park, an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University and author of the recently released “Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier,” discusses these principles and paradoxes.

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