By Matthew Godfrey
One well-known objective of innovative period makes an attempt to rein in monopolistic mammoth company used to be the jap Sugar belief. much less recognized is how federal regulators additionally attempted to damage monopoly regulate over beet sugar within the West via going after the Utah-Idaho Sugar corporation, a company supported and regulated via the Latter-day Saints church and run through Mormon specialists. As sugar beet agriculture boomed, the Mormon church’s involvement led on to monopolistic practices via Utah-Idaho Sugar and to federal investigations. Church leaders inspired participants, a majority inhabitants in a lot of the intermountain West, to patronize the corporate solely, as providers and shoppers. As early as 1890, Mormon church president Wilford Woodruff had referred to as missionaries to elevate funds for the fledgling corporation and asserted divine notion for church help. Utah-Idaho bridged the cooperative, theocratic, self-sufficient fiscal version of nineteenth-century Mormonism and the combination of the Mormon West into the nationwide marketplace economic system. faith, Politics, and Sugar indicates, in the course of the instance of an immense western enterprise, how nationwide advertisement, political, and felony forces within the early 20th century got here west and, extra in particular, how they affected the real function the Mormon church performed in financial affairs within the sector.