During its sometimes awkward years of adolescence and maturation, Utah was gradually incorporated into the American political, social, and economic mainstream. Urban and industrial influences supplanted agrarian traditions, displacing people socially, draining the countryside of population, and galvanizing a critical crisis in values and self-identification. National corporations and mass labor movements took root in the state as commerce expanded. Involvement in world events such as the Spanish-American War, two world wars, and the Great Depression further set the stage for entry into the modern, globalized world as Utahns immersed themselves in national politics and became part of the democratic, corporate culture of twentieth-century America.
Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 1021 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 33 mm
"The authors write in a concise and engaging manner that leaves readers with a clear sense of what life was like during the days of mass industrialization, flappers and distilleries. History buffs searching for a comprehensive and intriguing summary of Utah's early days following statehood should look no further than The Awkward State of Utah. It is sure to both educate and entertain."--Deseret News
"The authors look in detail at thou-sands of ordinary people whose lives spanned this era. The information they gleaned from many oral histories adds life and personality to the book. . . . The writ-ing style is clear and simple, making this book an understandable and enjoy-able read for all." --BYU Studies Quarterly
"What a wonderful example of how history should be written! It is engaging, warm, and colorful."--Stanford J. Layton, author of To No Privileged Class: The Rationalization of Homesteadingand Rural Life in the Early Twentieth Century
"Entertaining, informative, and highly accessible. ...In scope and depth of Utah histories, [this book] stands alone. It offers a synthesis of hundreds of other works, illuminating a vital half-century in the state's development. Anyone interested in Utah's history will find it informative and enjoyable, including students, researchers, and the public at large."--Utah Historical Quarterly
"Charles Peterson and Brian Cannon have written a comprehensive, well-researched history, and a very readable volume of Utah's past from its beginning days in the decade of the 1890s and statehood to the end of World War II.... This well written history is appropriate for general reading as well as pointing to links for further exploration."--Western Historical Quarterly
"From a research base consisting of relevant archival materials, as well as a plethora of printed primary and secondary sources, the authors present their findings via a solid narrative. Their scope is extensive, to state the least, as they approach political, social, and economic matters from a variety of vantage points. Students of Utah and the American West, as well as political, economic, and environmental historians, will undoubtedly find much that is useful."--New Mexico Historical Review