When did the United Order end?
Moreover, we must note that the term “Home Literature” carried particular resonances for Latter-day Saints in the 1890s. [Susa Young] Gates and her contemporaries had grown up hearing constant admonitions to support “home industries,”” as opposed to buying from non-Mormons locally or sending abroad for “imported” goods from the East, and women were considered important participants in this effort. Eliza R. Snow told the sisters that “each successful Branch of Home Manufactures [is] an additional stone in laying the foundation for the building of Zion.” And she taught that women who assisted in this effort were “doing just as much as an Elder who went forth to preach the Gospel.” The “Home” in “Home Literature” echoed this same ethic; in adopting “Homespun” as her favorite pen name, Gates aligned herself with the tradition represented by that term in Mormon culture, implicitly claiming for her stories the cultural authority of the prophets and apostles who had established it. The Saints’ goal of rendering themselves materially separate from mainstream America was all but dead by the 1890s; Home literature attempted to maintain that ideal in the cultural realm. In this respect, Home Literature expressed one of the deepest of Mormonism’s aspirations.
The 1890s Mormon Culture of Letters and the Post-Manifesto Marriage Crisis, Lisa Olsen Tait, BYU Studies Vol. 52, No. 1, 2013, 107-108.