Skip to content
Secondary Content

Utah Historical Quarterly Current Issue

Volume 81, Number 4 (Fall Issue):

Utah’s history is more diverse than you think! Check out the Fall 2013 issue of the Utah Historical Quarterly to learn more about early politics and newspaper, the Titanic, Utah’s hand in the Harlem Renaissance, and the military in Monticello. Join the Historical Society for your own copy.



Cover of the Utah Historical Quarterly for Fall 2013.William Glassman: Ogden’s Progressive Newspaperman and Politician
By Michael S. Eldredge

Isaac Russell’s Remarkable Interview with Harold Bride, Sole Surviving Wireless Operator from the Titanic
By Kenneth L. Cannon II

Wallace Henry Thurman: A Utah Contributor to the Harlem Renaissance
By Wilfred D. Samuels and David A. Hales

Murder and Mapping in “The Land of Death,” Part II: The Military Cantonment in Monticello
By Robert L. McPherson, Kevin Conti, and Gary Weicks



Modernity is a difficult concept, and one that can be defined in a host of ways. Still, during the late 1800s and early 1900s, much of American life had an air of change and modernity about it. Many trends made this the case, including new technologies, widespread reform efforts, the increased presence of women in public life, and a growing emphasis on leisure, spending, and individual fulfillment. This issue of Utah Historical Quarterly examines, in part, the place of individuals in the “modern” world.

William Glasmann was an exceptional person, and yet clearly a part of his time and place. Like other striving men in the American West, he devoted himself to boosting, reforming, and politicking in his chosen city—Ogden, Utah. In various phases of his life, Glasmann speculated in land development near the Great Salt Lake, edited a newspaper with obvious party affiliations, associated with national political figures, and governed Ogden in a manner his (friendly) contemporaries would have described as “clean” and “businesslike.” He was a good example of the kind of person who created change and influenced public life around the turn of the century, and his story ties Utah to politics, progressivism, and municipal governance throughout the nation.

Near the end of Glasmann’s life, Jeanette Young Easton wrote a gossipy column for the Deseret News entitled “Salt Lakers in Gotham.” Two of our articles deal with the lives of Salt Lakers who excelled in Gotham, a place that epitomized the trendsetting, fast-paced world of twentieth-century America. Isaac Russell—a grandson of Parley P. Pratt—established himself as a New York City journalist, writing for the New York Times and other publications. As with Glasmann, Russell was part of that nebulous movement historians call progressivism and was connected to a number of signal people and events of his era: the Wright brothers, Theodore Roosevelt, Gugliemo Marconi, and, as we learn, the sinking of the Titanic.

Wallace Thurman was several years younger than Isaac Russell and from a very different segment of Utah society than that “Mormon muckraker.” Born and educated in Salt Lake City, Thurman went onto a fantastic career in New York City and moved in the central circles of the Harlem Renaissance. He championed experimental literary efforts such as the short-lived Fire!! and wrote novels, plays, and screenplays that examined, among other things, intra-racial tensions. Our third article substantiates Thurman’s connections to Utah and explores the life and contributions of this brilliant writer. Considered together, these accounts of Thurman, Russell, and Glasmann contribute to an understanding of how twentieth-century America evolved.

The final article completes a story of “murder and mapping” that began in the summer issue. The action takes place in southeastern Utah in the 1880s, when a rash of violent incidents impelled the military to consider the creation of a military cantonment near Monticello. That violence occurred, in part, because of agricultural and livestock operations in the region and a dwindling Native land base—developments that could easily be considered indicators of modernity.


Richard L. Saunders, ed.
Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works Part I, 1939-1951
Reviewed by Richard W. Sadler

Mary Muir, Donna Poulton, Robert Davis, James Poulton, and Vern Swanson
Le Conte Stewart Masterworks
Reviewed by James R. Swensen

Robert J. Willoughby
The Brothers Robidoux and the Opening of the American West
Review by John D. Barton

Armand L. Mauss
Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport: Intellectual Journeys of a Mormon Academic
Reviewed by Allan Kent Powell

Roy Webb
Lost Canyons of the Green River: The Story Before Flaming Gorge Dam
Reviewed by H. Bert Jenson

Robert S. McPherson
Dinéjí Na ‘Nitin: Navajo Traditional Teachings and History
Reviewed by Bruce Gjeltema