America 's Rights Of Utah

1348 Words Aug 1st, 2014 6 Pages
It seemed as though the U.S. would never allow Utah to become a state, at least as long as they practiced polygamy, which was one issue they wouldn’t budge on. Republicans stated that it was Congress’ duty “…to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism – Polygamy, and Slavery.” (Republican Platform of 1856)
By granting Utah statehood, the U.S. Government would be able to better enforce anti-polygamy laws of the United States, such as the “Morrill Anti-bigamy Act”, “Poland Act”, “Edmunds Act”, and the “Edmunds-Tucker Act”, and keep a closer eye on the Mormons. Being a territory without statehood, Utah was not subject to such laws of the United States. As later exposed by the Utah War, the U.S. government was misled towards the events occurring in the Utah Territory. The U.S. could not legally enforce the laws that outlawed polygamy and “unlawful cohabitation” because of the territory status of Utah. (Davis)
In addition to keeping a better watch on the Mormons, becoming a state would allow more and more “Gentiles” to settle in Utah and disrupt the overwhelming majority of Mormons. As seen in Nebraska’s admission to the Union (1867), the population increased almost ten times, from 120,000 to just over 1,000,000 in 1890, only 23 years later. (Dalstrom) Congress hoped that by granting statehood to the mainly Mormon territory of Utah there will be an influx of non-Mormons to balance out the population. Congress turned out to be accurate. Utah’s population at…
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