“I Have Shot My Betrayer”: Q&A with Lisa Tait

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Editors’ Note: The SPRING 2021 UHQ opens with the story of Amanda Olson, the working-class daughter of Swedish immigrants whose story dominated local news in 1891. After Olson was either raped or seduced–the language was intentionally vague–she “shot [her] betrayer.” We asked Lisa Tait, the article’s author, a few questions about Olson’s …

Current Issue

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Spring 2021 Utah Historical Quarterly To receive your copy, BECOME A MEMBER of the Utah State Historical Society Most editions of Utah Historical Quarterly don’t begin life as a special issue—that is, one for which the editors solicit articles on a certain topic. Rather, we usually group articles together based …

Blog Series on Historical Memorials

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The Utah State Historical Society is launching a blog series on historical memorials in Utah. We seek proposals for short historical essays that place historical markers, monuments, and place names in historical and contemporary perspective.  Given the divergent ways the public commemorates and remembers history, contributors to the series are …

Utah at 125: A Bibliography

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In January 4, 1896, after decades of struggle, Utah became the 45th state to enter the Union. Utah’s path to statehood was complicated and often controversial, which makes its journey an important American story. Utah’s leaders applied for statehood seven times—and failed six times—over five decades. Here we compiled a list …

This Is the Place for Us: Somali Settlement in the Salt Lake Valley

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By Haden Griggs             The This Is the Place monument in Salt Lake City commemorates and evokes the struggle nineteenth-century Latter-day Saints faced in settling a land new to them. Although specifically a reference to Utah’s first permanent Euro American settlers, the sentiment expressed by the monument’s title aptly represents …