The Anasazi culture of prehistoric American Indians developed and flourished, ca. 800–1100, in the Southwest near the present-day borders of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Pueblo tribes later developed from the Anasazi.
President Buchanan sent a command to Utah to install a non-Mormon governor in what was known as the “Mormon War.” The Mormon War (or Utah War) was a confrontation between the Mormon people in the Utah Territory and the government of the United States. Sensitive to Republican charges that Democrats favored the “twin relics of barbarism—polygamy and slavery,” President James Buchanan moved quickly after his inauguration to find a non-Mormon Governor for Utah, replacing Brigham Young. Alfred Cumming (1802–1873), the newly appointed Governor,...
Until 1821, Spain ruled the area that now includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Spanish explorers, priests, and soldiers had first entered the area in the early sixteenth century, half a century before the first English colonists arrived at Jamestown. Spain left a lasting cultural imprint on the region.
Michael F. Holt is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of History and chair of the history department at the University of Virginia. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party presents the first full-scale history of the American Whig Party and shows how the Whig Party struggled unsuccessfully to achieve a compromise between North and South.