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WELCOME

Welcome to our NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture website for Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience. On June 18-23, 2017 (national) and July 9-14, 2017 (commuter), the Tanner Humanities Center will offer this workshop on the University of Utah campus and at historic sites and landmarks in the Salt Lake City area. This website will showcase what will be an enriching, though-provoking, and relevant experience about the interplay of local and national history.

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Utah Territory Coat of Arms

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Illustrated, 1876

Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience will complicate the standing narrative of western expansion through intensive study of Utah’s migration and settlement from 1847-1869. Under the direction of a diverse team of national and local scholars, participants will be immersed in a study of the Utah Territory and travel to significant landmarks daily for on-site engagement and interpretation. Our workshop will begin by considering migration and settlement as exodus and analyzing pioneer relations with native peoples.  It will then reflect upon gender norms, religious freedoms and prejudices, and national efforts to enforce “American” standards. It will close by discussing the transcontinental railroad and Utah’s golden spike. Our workshop also will help teachers create a historical framework for analyzing how issues at the forefront of settling the Utah Territory – freedom of religion, citizenship, equality, federal vs. state rights, economic opportunity, and use of force – continue to shape our nation’s political and social debates.

It is an honor for us to host this NEH workshop and to welcome local and national teachers to the University of Utah and the Tanner Humanities Center.  We aim to work together to study our state’s and our country’s past as an
opening to its present and future. We look forward to receiving your application.

Warm regards,

2017 Project Co-Directors

goldberg-cropBob Goldberg, Professor of History
Director, Tanner Humanities Center
University of Utah

reevePaul Reeve, Professor of History
University of Utah

NEH Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Media contact:
John Boyack
801/587-8879

Last Updated: 4/29/17