Making of the American West : People and Perspectives
Santa Barbara, Calif.
"How did the Mormon experience differ from that of the rest of the settlement of the West? It does not take long to recognize some major differences. Mormons came west for religious reasons; many others came because of economics. Mormons carefully laid out towns; other settles built homes on their property or near mines. Mormons struggled for state to escape federal control over the Utah territory. Most territories became states sooner. This chapter will explore some of the most significant differences: organized migration, established communities, cooperation, polygamy, and political and economic control. These factors set Mormons apart not only from the rest of the West but also from the rest of the United States at least until Utah's statehood in 1896. But even afterward, what some called 'the Americanization of Utah' did not happen all at once. The period between 1890 and 1930 can be understood as a transitional one for Mormonism, and many unique characteristics remain in the twenty-first century." [From author's introduction]