In writing a new history of Utah ("Utah: The Right Place"), Alexander tried to "see our lives and the lives of other Utahns as a whole--as an integrated unit." He also argued that a history of Utah must focus considerable attention on the Mormon majority. In this essay, he also reflected on some significant features of Utah history. These included such matters as the movement (or invasion) of various peoples into Utah, viewing Chief Walkara as a businessman, individual initiative among the Saints, and the phases of Utah's economy. He attempts to integrate the political, cultural, and social aspects of our past into Utah's four economic phases. He concludes with a definition of what makes one a Utahn.