Utah’s constitutional history can only be understood by recognizing the unique circumstances of the state’s founding and its turbulent, divisive territorial history. In July of 1847, a small group of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons) arrived in Great Salt Lake valley under the leadership of Brigham Young. They were the first of thousands of Mormons who would settle in the Great Basin during the next half century. These settlers gave Utah a distinctive character among the other nineteenth-century western...
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