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Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive Historyby David Peterson Del Mar
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The first history of Oregon to appear in twenty-five years, "Oregon's Promise explores familiar and neglected people and movements in the state's history, while challenging readers to view Oregon's past, present, and future in a new way. David Peterson del Mar recognizes that the words "Oregon history" conjure up images of Lewis and Clark and rugged pioneers. But he argues that the explorers' impact was both different from and less significant then commonly assumed, and that the state's settlers were much more varied, contentious, complicated, and interesting than conventional heroic stereotypes would suggest. "Oregon's Promise is a concise general history spanning the period from that of the region's earliest inhabitants to the present. It moves beyond the more familiar episodes of Oregon history to discuss indigenous peoples before and after contact with whites, the profound and evolving impact of broad forces like industrialization and suburbanization, and the varied fortunes of a growing stream of people form across the world who have sought the good life in Oregon. It explores the tensions behind contemporary disagreements rending our political, social, and cultural fabric. The book's many themes revolve around Peterson del Mar's consideration of how Oregonians have attempted to build a prosperous and just society. He examines both the traditional center of Oregon history and its often overlooked margins--the people who have struggled to be included in Oregon's promise. Each chapter includes brief biographies of noteworthy Oregonians. David Peterson del Mar is both a respected historian and an engaging writer, with a talent for explaining Oregon's past in a way that will appeal togeneral readers as well as to scholars and students.
Book News Annotation:
A Portland historian who belongs to a group promoting racial justice focuses on Oregon's diverse peoples and the forces that have affected them, rather than on mythic heroes and clich<'e>s about the state's history. Biographies and photos reflect this sometimes polarizing diversity up through the present.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-306) and index.
Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive History is a concise general history of the state spanning the period from that of the region's earliest inhabitants to the present.
Table of Contents
Natives and newcomers — Taking Oregon — Resettling Oregon — The industrialization of Oregon — Political and urban transformations — Oregon becomes modern — Oregon and the world in depression and war — Prosperity and its problems — A polarized state.
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