The Corporations article in the original constitution contained twenty sections—some which delegates acknowledged would more appropriately be statutes. It was written in an era when states felt compelled to curb the growing power of trusts and monopolies. The era was also marked, however, particularly in the emerging states of the West, with a deep desire to attract the capital from the eastern states that could turn the West’s assets into economic prosperity. Still another concern in Utah was that its infant industries be strengthened and preserved from both the...
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