A President, a Church, and Trails West: Competing Histories by Jon E. Taylor

By Jon E. Taylor

During the last century, 3 nationally major histories have vied for area and position in Independence, Missouri. Independence used to be declared Zion via Joseph Smith, served as a meeting and provisioning aspect for trails west, and used to be known as domestic via President Truman for sixty-four years. Taylor has built-in study from newspapers, public records, oral histories, and personal papers to aspect how the neighborhood has preserved those quite a few legacies. He areas the position of protection in Independence not just in the higher context of maintenance within the usa but in addition in the context of yankee environmental background.

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V. New York City Co. et al. ruled that the New York City Landmarks Commission had the right to deny the owner of the Grand Central Station his request to build a fifty-five-story tower above the station. The owner of the station argued the landmarks commission had engaged in an unconstitutional “taking” of private property as expressly forbidden under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. 20 Historic preservation has been challenged under the Fifth Amendment, and also under the First Amendment by churches not wishing to comply with local historic preservation zoning ordinances.

Norman Tyler, Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice, 44–45; Katherine H. Stevenson, “A Model Partnership,” CRM 19, no. 6 (1996): 7 (quote). 8. Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory, 610 (quotes), also 639–41; David Lowenthal, The Past Is a Foreign Country; David Lowenthal, Possessed by the Past: The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History. 9. Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory, 655 (quote), also 682–85. 6 A President, a Church, and Trails West In spite of the attention given to history and memory in the scholarly literature, what remained surprisingly absent was any serious discussion of tourism, one of the main generators of interest in history and memory.

While this is an important point of difference, what concerned the southerners who held political power in Independence was the sheer number of Mormons who had gathered and who continued to gather. Southern leaders feared they would lose political power. ” The statement also addressed the perceived belief that the Mormons would usurp their political power. 6 Shortly after the group of four hundred released their statement of concerns, confrontation erupted in the streets of Independence between the Mormons and non-Mormons.

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