Utah, the Right Place: The Official Centennial History

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9780879057671: Utah, the Right Place: The Official Centennial History

$29.95 gatefold paper · 1-58685-262-0 · March

8-1/2 x 10 in, 488 pp, 225 Black & White Photographs, 16 Maps,

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Utah residents lead lives rich with family, industry, politics, and community. The 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City focused the eyes of the world on this unique place, highlighting our strong contributions to the fine arts, professional sports, literature, and music, along with our unparalled access to recreation and more. Thomas G. Alexander tells the whole story of the Beehive State in Utah, The Right Place, a Utah Statehood Centennial Project of the Utah State Historical Society. Originally published in 1995, this newly updated and revised edition is the comprehensive historical Utah experience. With current information on recent political and economic changes, including the changes brought on by the 2002 Olympic games, Dr. Alexander teaches and entertains through his historical writings.

Thomas G. Alexander holds the Lemuel Hardison Redd Jr. Chair as Professor of Western American History at Brigham Young University. Born and raised in Utah, this award-winning author has written articles for many journals and has published a number of books, including Grace and Grandeur: A History of Salt Lake City (2002).

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Weaving together the stories of the Anasazi; the Spaniards; the Mormons, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Greek Orthodox; the athletes, artists, and entertainers--all the famous and not-so-famous people from Utah's past--Thomas Alexander tells a story of determination, creativity, and originality.

With humor and insight, Alexander traces the personalities and events that have shaped Utah, bringing to light little-known facts and raising for discussion often-buried issues. His narrative is rich in detail, providing context and perspective to familiar but sometimes misunderstood events, along with fascinating anecdotes to illuminate the times and people.

Among other things, Alexander offers a candid look at the displacement of Native Americans by Mormon settlements and the state's early efforts to tame prostitution in the cities. He provides a new perspective on environmental activism in Utah, including movements as early as the 1890s to improve air quality and limit pollution from smoke. He describes the state's longstanding promotion of the arts and the decades-old leadership efforts by Utah's women in education and politics. And he delves into the turn-of-the-century struggles with growth in the state's urban areas--even describing one Salt Lake City plan to pay children a bounty on rats of ten cents per head (and ten cents per hundred for flies).

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"The common denominator of these Utahns is neither birthplace, gender, politics, economic position, religion, ethnic background, liberalism, conservatism, nor profession," Alexander writes. "It is, rather, that each chose Utah as their home and that they have made the state a better place for all of us. Like these people, we become Utahns because we love its land and people, and because we have come to understand that it is still 'the right place.'"

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