Utah War Industry during World War II : A Human Impact Analysis
Utah Historical Quarterly
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah State Historical Society
SCHOLARS HAVE EXAMINED UTAH WAR INDUSTRY in a number of ways. Some have looked at the economic impact of the industry. Others have explored the response of Utahns to the establishment of war industry. Some have detailed the reasons for the location of war industry in Utah, while others have listed the characteristics of that industry. One of the major problems with the previous studies is that they have either tended to look at a single dimension — most usually economic — or they have been fragmented. Thus, there have been a large number of studies of individual installations, studies of single problems like housing, and economic impact analyses of the entire industry. These studies are valuable, but they do not always view the entire picture with the perspective necessary to understand the total impact of war industry on the people of the state.