Struggle over Memory : The Roots of the Mexican Americans in Utah, 1776 through the 1850s
Utah's traditional history generally overlooks the part Mexican Americans played in the making of the state. The author shows how Mexican American history is intertwined with Utah history. He discusses connections between the Aztecs and native Utes, Spanish explorers and their dependency on the help of Mexican Americans, and the fur hunters. He argues that Mormon success in settling Utah came at the expense of the Mexican Americans whose land they siezed. He offers an explanation as to why the Mormons allied with the United States in forming the Mormon Battalion to fight in the Mexican War. Reasons are given why Mexican Americans who live in Utah don't have a sense of belonging in Utah.