We are excited to announce that James B. Allen, author of Still The Right Place: Utah’s Second Half-Century of Statehood, 1945-1995 (published by The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies), will be here Wednesday, August 23 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Still the Right Place deals with the last half of Utah’s first century of statehood. Each of its seven chapters covers the administration of one of the state’s governors, beginning at the end of World War II while Herbert B. Maw was governor and ending in 1995 during Mike Leavitt’s first term. Each chapter covers a variety of topics, including politics, economic development, education, law and order, the environment, health and medicine, and the way Utah responded to and was influenced by national events. Change is discussed against the background of the transformations taking place on the larger American stage. 

Much of the state’s economic well-being following World War II depended on employment provided by defense, federal government, and large firms with headquarters outside the state. During the next half-century, however, employment patterns changed: Manufacturing became more diverse, tourism became steadily more significant, Utah became home base for a number of major employers, and service-oriented industries boomed. Beginning in the 1970s, high-tech manufacturing became a kind of “Cinderella” industry for the state, and some Utah firms became world leaders.

As American attitudes toward the role of women changed, so did the attitudes of many Utahns. By the end of the century, women made up nearly 44 percent of the total workforce. Even though the Utah legislature rejected the Equal Rights Amendment, opportunities for women in the professions, and the general acceptance of gender equality, were as far along in Utah as in most other places.

In addition, the book includes three significant and extensive appendices. One considers Utah’s ethnic minorities and the quest for a more pluralistic society, another discusses Utah and the arts during this half-century, and the third deals with the state’s numerous religions.

“As Utahns of a certain age read Still the Right Place, they will experience a sense of nostalgia. Many of us lived through these years of extractive industries, heavy debt to the federal government, and emergence of high-tech and service firms. This and much more is found in Allen’s thoroughly-researched and well-written history of Utah during the last years of the twentieth century. Obtain a copy of Allen’s book, curl up in your favorite chair, and either relive these years or, if you are too young to remember, learn the fascinating stories of Utah’s recent past.”

—Thomas G. Alexander, author of Mormonism in Transition

James Allen began his professional career in the LDS Church Education System in 1954. He was a seminary teacher, seminary coordinator, Institute teacher, and Institute. In 1963 he became a member of the Church History faculty at Brigham Young University, and the following year he joined the History department. In 1972 he was appointed Assistant Church Historian, working with newly-appointed Church Historian, Leonard J. Arrington. For the next seven years, James spent half his time in that capacity and the other half at BYU. He returned full-time to BYU in 1979 and served as chairman of the History department from 1981 to 1987, when he was appointed to the Redd chair. He held this appointment until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his career, Professor Allen has authored, co-authored, and co-edited fourteen books and monographs, around ninety articles, mostly related to LDS Church History, and numerous book reviews


Still The Right Place: Utah’s Second Half-Century of Statehood, 1945-1995. The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2017. Hardback. 672pp. $37.95.


Other titles by James Allen

Men With a Mission, 1837-1841: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles. Deseret Book, 1992. Paperback. $23.99

Mormon History. University of Illinois Press, 2001. Paperback. $31.95

Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography. University of Illinois Press, 2000. Hardback. $103.00.


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