Pioneer Concept of Civic and Political Life in Early Day Utah
In this transcript of an address given by Elder Levi Edgar Young of the First Council of Seventy on August 7, 1938, over KSL radio, the establishment of government in the Salt Lake Valley is recounted. Early settlers adopted a form of rule patterned after the New England town government of the Puritans. Young extols the virtue and foresight of the pioneers, and calls for a return to their ideals and values. The strength of government, he suggests, is dependent upon the righteousness of its citizens.