Utah Historical Quarterly
Utah State Historical Society
The Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II forever changed American society. The debilitating effects of the Depression “produced a profound shaking-up of American Society,” wrote Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (1) Economic instability, an evolving national politic, and the growing threat of another world war, all combined to catapult the United States from what it was into what it became. No one was entirely immune. The transformation affected all regions of the country politically and all segments of the population. Utah voters long wedded to conservative ideals, even repudiated the extended Republican incumbencies of Senator Reed Smoot and Congressman Don B. Colton, and joined in the 1932 national Democratic landslide (2).
Leftward March: 1930s Student Liberalism at the Utah State Agricultural College," Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. 75, no. 2, spring 2007. (Recipient of the Nick Yengich Memorial Editors Choice Award.)