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Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the Peopleby Carl Abbott
Synopses & Reviews
A compact and comprehensive history of Portland from first European contact to the twenty-first century, Portland in Three Centuries introduces the women and men who have shaped Oregon's largest city.
The expected politicians and business leaders appear in Portland in Three Centuries — William Ladd and Edgar Kaiser, George Baker and Vera Katz. But Carl Abbott also highlights workers and immigrants, union members and dissenters, women at work and in the public realm, artists and activists, and other movers and shakers.
Incorporating social history and contemporary scholarship in his narrative, Abbott examines current metropolitan character and issues, giving close attention to historical background. He explores the context of opportunities and problems that have helped to shape the rich mosaic that is Portland.
A highly readable character study of a city, and enhanced by more than sixty historic and contemporary images, Portland in Three Centuries will appeal to readers interested in Portland, in Oregon, and in Pacific Northwest history.
Book News Annotation:
Abbott (urban studies and planning, Portland State U.) has written extensively about Portland, Oregon and other cities in western North America. Here he replaces his brief 1985 history, long out of print, with one that draws on another generation of research and writing, and extends across a second centennial divide. His topics include Stumptown, growing up and settling down, the [1905 World] Fair and the city, the [Second World] War and after, and Portland looks forward. He includes old and new photographs and other illustrations, all in black and white. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Carl Abbott is professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. He is the author of How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America and several books about Portland history, including Portland: Planning, Politics, and Growth in a Twentieth Century City; The Great Extravaganza: Portland's Lewis and Clark Exposition; and Greater Portland: Urban Life and Landscape in the Pacific Northwest. A now out-of-print pictorial history of the city, Portland: Gateway to the Northwest, was the basis for the much expanded narrative of Portland in Three Centuries.
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