Utah's Dixie : A View from Across the Cultural Divide
Honoring Juanita Brooks : A Compilation of 30 Annual Presentations from the Juanita Brooks Lecture Series, 1984-2014
St. George, UT
Dixie State University
W. Paul Reeve examines the cultural divide between Mormon settlers and miners in southern Utah. Brigahm Young and Erastus Snow encouraged Mormon settlers to focus on agriculture instead of mining, leading these settlers to view mining as an evil activity. This stance became a barrier between the two cultures, though the two groups would soon have learn to rely on each other for economic reasons. The 19th century miners' view of Mormons was shaped by the Mountain Meadows Massacre and polygamy. Attitudes started to change in the 1880s and 1890s after the LDS Church renounced the practice of polygamy. However, little effort was made to cross the cultural divide between these groups.