The Far West and the Great Plains in Transition, 1859-1900
Harper & Row
Paul's history is a tale of 'men in motion.' He looks at the western migration of Americans and the communities they created in the forty year period after the Civil War. He examines both the leaders of western communities and the 'simpler folk' that lived therein. In so doing, Paul discusses the Mormonism of the Great Salt Lake Valley. According to Paul, Mormonism is unique in its ethnocentrism. He discusses the leadership of Brigham Young and his attempt to create a separate people from mainstream America. He also looks at polygamy--its downfall and the push this gave Utah to open to outsiders and become an economic stronghold in the American West.