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New Land, North of the Columbia: Historic Documents That Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Todayby Lorraine Mcconaghy
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This colorful and fascinating collection documents Washington State from 1854 (showing the officially recorded seal of Washingtonia) to the Google map of the state. In that 150-year span we have a letter protesting the protection that a Canadian boat has given to his escaped slave. We have Governor Pickering’s transcribed telegram to President Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of Thanksgiving 1864. And we have much more: posters and letters that support and condemn women’s right to vote; prohibition of the sale of alcohol; aid to the unemployed during the Great Depression. Here are documents about the massive and highly secretive instant” city at Richland that was the Manhattan Project, including an ad for the first Lame Fest concert featuring Mudhoney and Nirvana, the original box that contained Windows 95, and a post calling all protesters to the WTO conference. Historian Lorraine McConaghy has traversed the state and sifted through the files of over 100 disparate archives to cull the 400+ items represented.
About the Author
Dr. Lorraine McConaghy is the historian at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. She is the author of numerous monographs and several books, including Warship Under Sail. She is the recipient of the Robert Gray Medal for distinguished contributions to Pacific Northwest history by the Washington Historical Society. She teaches at the University of Washington, where she received her doctorate.
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