The latest UHQ came recently. There’s not a lot of overtly Mormon content, but most of the articles do look interesting. From the “In This Issue” section:
Authorization by Congress in 1955 of the Colorado River Storage Project included a provision requiring protective measures to keep impounded waters from harming Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Our first article [Hank Hassell, “The Battle for Rainbow Bridge”] discusses the four sites considered feasible for construction of a structure to block waters from Lake Powell from reaching the boundaries of the monument after completion of Glen Canyon Dam. But as the waters of Lake Powell inundated one site after another eliminating the feasibility of building the protective structures, and as the lake waters extended under the world famous bridge, the fight to protect Rainbow Bridge returned to the halls of Congress and reached all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
…Our second article [Brandon Johnson, “To Lay Bare All of Spiritualism’s Shams: Harry Waite and Oscar Eliason’s Anti-Medium Crusade] examines the confict between Harry Waite and Oscar Eliason in Salt Lake City during the 1890s and in doing so reveals much about the world of magic and the nuances and peculiarities of mystics, their practices, and beliefs…Our Third article [Val Holley, “Showdown at Geddes Gulch: How Prior Appropriation Ambushed Weber County”] delves into the complex world of irrigation and allocation of water and the systems that Utahns implemented to manage them. Nineteenth-century Utahns expended as much energy and time in building and maintaining a viable irrigation system as they did in planting, tending, and harvesting their crops. In addition, as the showdown at Geddes Gulch suggests, political and legal battles were never far from the Utah farmer and his crops.
Our final article for 2009 [Laurence M. Yorgason, “All Too Rare: The Rise and Fall of Jazz DJs on Utah AM Radio, 1945-1965”] takes us from the realm of conflict and disharmony to a world of tranquility and ease found in jazz presented by the Utah DJs who were dedicated to providing an original American musical genre to radio listeners in the post-World War II years. A century after pioneers arrived to establish their homes in the valleys of Utah, much had changed. This change is nowhere more apparent than in the acceptance and popularity of jazz music.
Robert Briggs reviews Will Bagley and David Bigler’s Innocent Blood: Essential Anarratives of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. He calls the volume an “important collection” that functions basically as a follow up to Bagley’s Blood of the Prophets. The JI will have its own review of this volume shortly.
Edward Geary reviews William B. Smart’s Mormonism’s Last Colonizer: The Life and Times of William H. Smart. Though a descendant, William B. presents a critical and well researched look at his ancestor thanks to a wealth of documents, including William H.’s voluminous journals which are included with the book in typescript form on a CD.
Frederick Quinn reviews Bernice Mooney and J. Terrence Fitzgerald’s Salt of the Earth: The History of the Catholic Church in Utah: 1776-2007.
Matthew T. Seddon reviews Don Fowler’s The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times.
Daniel Davis reviews Donna Ernest’s The Sundance Kid: The Life of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh.
Robert McPherson reviews Kevin Adams’ Class and Race in the Frontier Army: Military Life in the West, 1870-1890.
Melissa Coy Ferguson reviews Andrea G. Radke-Moss’ Bright Epoch: Women & Coeducation in the American West.
James Swensen reviews William H. Goetzmann adn William N. Goetzmann The West of the Imagination.
Coming Soon: Summary of the latest John Whitmer Historical Association Journal.