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Utah ( YOO-tah, YOO-taw) is a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. It is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast. Of the fifty U.S. states, Utah is the 13th-largest by area; with a population over three million, it is the 30th-most-populous and 11th-least-densely populated. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which is home to roughly two-thirds of the population and includes the capital city, Salt Lake City; and Washington County in the southwest, with more than 170,000 residents. Most of the western half of Utah lies in the Great Basin.
Utah has been inhabited for thousands of years by various indigenous groups such as the ancient Puebloans, Navajo and Ute. The Spanish were the first Europeans to arrive in the mid-16th century, though the region's difficult geography and harsh climate made it a peripheral part of New Spain and later Mexico. Even while it was Mexican territory, many of Utah's earliest settlers were American, particularly Mormons fleeing marginalization and persecution from the United States. Following the Mexican–American War in 1848, the region was annexed by the U.S., becoming part of the Utah Territory, which included what is now Colorado and Nevada. Disputes between the dominant Mormon community and the federal government delayed Utah's admission as a state; only after the outlawing of polygamy was it admitted in 1896 as the 45th.
Slightly over half of all Utahns are Mormons, the vast majority of whom are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which has its world headquarters in Salt Lake City; Utah is the only state where a majority of the population belongs to a single church. The LDS Church greatly influences Utahn culture, politics, and daily life, though since the 1990s the state has become more religiously diverse as well as secular. (Full article...)
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Fawn McKay Brodie (September 15, 1915 – January 10, 1981) was an American biographer and one of the first female professors of history at UCLA, who is best known for Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974), a work of psychobiography, and No Man Knows My History (1945), an early biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.
Raised in Utah
in a respected, if impoverished, family who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church), Fawn McKay drifted away from Mormonism
during her years of graduate work at the University of Chicago
and married Bernard Brodie
, an academic who became a national defense expert; they had three children. Although Fawn Brodie eventually became one of the first tenured
female professors of history at UCLA, she is best known for her five biographies, four of which incorporate insights from Freudian psychology
. (Full article...
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Utah county boundaries (from
History of Utah)
Map showing Utah in 1838 when it was part of Mexico. From Britannica 7th edition. (from
"Welcome to Utah" sign (from
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Wasatch Front region has seen large growth and development despite the economic downturn. Shown is the City Creek Center project, a development in downtown Salt Lake City with a price tag of $1.5–2.5 billion. (from Utah)
Pariette Wetlands (from
A sketch of Salt Lake City in 1860 (from
Pando, considered one of the heaviest and oldest organisms on Earth. (from Utah)
Utah population density map (from
Bingham Canyon Mine in Salt Lake County is one of the largest open pit mines in the world. (from Utah)
Mining has been a large industry in Utah since it was first settled. The
History of Utah)
The boundaries of the provisional State of Deseret—as proposed in 1849—are shown with a dotted line. The Utah Territory as organized in 1850, is shown in blue with black outline. (from
Britannica 7th edition (from Utah)
Map showing Utah in 1838 when it was part of Mexico,
Children reading in Santa Clara, Utah, in 1940 (from
The Scott Matheson Courthouse is the seat of the Utah Supreme Court. (from
Western black widow spider (from
Lehi, Utah. (from Utah)
One out of every 14 flash memory chips in the world is produced in
- Nickname: The Beehive State
- Capital and largest city: Salt Lake City
- Total area: 219,887 km2 (84,899 sq mi)
- Population (2010 Census): 2,736,424
- Date admitted to the Union: January 4, 1896