Pro­fes­sor Ken Al­ford to present lec­ture on Utah War


The Utah War and how res­i­dents and mem­bers of the press in the east­ern United States viewed it will be dis­cussed dur­ing a his­tor­i­cal lec­ture, “The Utah War and the East­ern Press,” planned on Wed­nes­day, March 1, at 6 p.m. at the Springville Se­nior Cen­ter, 65 E. 200 South, Springville. The event free of charge and the pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend.

The lec­ture will be pre­sented by Ken­neth L. Al­ford, a pro­fes­sor of Church His­tory and Doc­trine at Brigham Young Univer­sity.

In the spring of 1857 while Congress was ad­journed, the newly in­au­gu­rated Pres­i­dent James Buchanan re­ceived sev­eral re­ports of in­sur­rec­tion and re­bel­lion in the Utah Ter­ri­tory. The pres­i­dent or­dered sol­diers to Utah in May of 1857 and charged them to re­store or­der and in­stall new ter­ri­to­rial of­fi­cers. Pop­u­larly known as the Utah War (and lo­cally re­ferred to as the com­ing of “John­ston’s Army”), the de­ploy­ment of fed­eral troops to the Utah Ter­ri­tory in 1857-58 was con­tro­ver­sial from the start.

This pre­sen­ta­tion will look at the Utah War through East­ern eyes and seek to an­swer sev­eral ques­tions: What did the Utah War look like to read­ers of the New York Times and other East­ern news­pa­pers? How ac­cu­rately could they have un­der­stood the as­so­ci­ated mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal events that oc­curred here? What re­cur­ring themes in­ter­ested East­ern jour­nal­ists? The answers are of­ten hu­mor­ous and al­ways interesting.

Ken­neth L. Al­ford served al­most 30 years on ac­tive duty in the U.S. Army, re­tir­ing as a Colonel in 2008. While on ac­tive mil­i­tary duty, he served in nu­mer­ous as­sign­ments in­clud­ing time at the Pen­tagon, eight years teach­ing com­puter sci­ence at the U.S. Mil­i­tary Acad­emy at West Point and four years as depart­ment chair and pro­fes­sor teach­ing strate­gic lead­er­ship at the Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity in Washington, D.C.

Ken Al­ford

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