Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience


Salt Lake City, UT



June 16-21, 2019 or July 7-12, 2019 (1 week)


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Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience complicates the standing narrative of western expansion through intensive study of Utah migration and settlement from 1847-1869. It also investigates how the emerging nation tried to define what it meant to be "American," with a focus on immigration, religion, race, gender, and class and on how such issues continue to shape current political and social debates. Landmark visits include Emigration Canyon National Historic Landmark, This is the Place Heritage Park, Salt Lake City's Temple Square, Fort Douglas Military Museum and Cemetery, The Bear River Massacre National Historic Landmark, and the Golden Spike National Historic Site.

Project Director(s)

Bob Goldberg; Paul Reeve

Visiting Faculty

Bob Goldberg; Paul Reeve; Ryan Dearinger; Keith Erekson; Matt Grow; Jeff Nokes; Darren Parry; Andrea Radke-Moss; Quinn Rollin; Gregory Smoak; Emily Utt

Grantee Institution

University of Utah