history found expression over the years in some publications designed
to promote Utah, such as early works by S. A. Kenner, George E. Blair,
George Wharton James, and others. Many households obtained their views
of Utah and Mormon history from lesson pamphlets published by the Daughters
of Utah Pioneers.
professional influences in the study of Utah's history came at about
the time of World War I when a group of young Utah men went off to graduate
schools for advanced degrees in history. Included in this first generation
were Levi Edgar Young, Andrew Love Neff, William J. Snow, Leland H.
Creer, and Joel E. Ricks, among others. Most went to the University
of California at Berkeley, worked in the Bancroft Library, and studied
under Herbert E. Bolton. Upon completion of their doctorate degrees,
they returned to Utah and taught college courses in Utah history, conducted
seminars, and sometimes wrote. Their influences were felt mainly in
the classroom and in public lectures: Young, Neff, and Creer taught
at the University of Utah, William J. Snow at Brigham Young University,
and Joel E. Ricks at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan.
writing of school textbooks provided a continuing challenge to historians
who would attempt a broad coverage. Following Whitney's example, Levi
Edgar Young wrote The Founding of Utah (1923), breaking new ground with
attention to the pre-1847 period. He wrote social history for his readers;
his accounts of pioneer life are still useful. The work showed a refreshing
breadth of interest. John Henry Evans produced The Story of Utah (1933).
He began the story in 1847 and carried it to 1932. He treated political
and judicial themes central to Utah history, and enlarged his treatment
of social, economic and cultural subjects. The scope and presentation
of material is impressive. Soon Marguerite Cameron produced This is
the Place (1939), written "primarily for youth in our schools" as well
as "fireside reading." Whatever its success in the schools, it was soon
succeeded by Milton R. Hunter's Utah In Her Western Setting (1943),
later revised as The Utah Story (1960