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The Long View: Dispatches on Alaska History


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Too often the history of a place is reduced to a list of dates and a handful of major events, ignoring the daily stories that help shape its legacy. In The Long View, Ross Coen stops to explore the smaller yet extremely meaningful moments in Alaska’s past, and in doing so he builds a history unlike any before.

This collection of Coen’s columns from the celebrated Ester Republic allows readers to see how short snapshots of everyday life can come together to create a true picture of the unique experience of living in Alaska. Covering everything from mail order brides to failed rocket launches and true political intrigue, Coen’s engaging writing makes the history of Alaska accessible and entertaining.

About the Author

Ross Coen is a historian who writes about the social, political, and environmental history of Alaska. He is the author of Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS "Manhattan" Through the Northwest Passage

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mike Hawfield


1. Boosting Hot Air Again, or Floating Some Old Ideas

2. Big Domes

3. Minority Lawmakers Past and Present

4. Gubernatorial Operations

5. On the Inclusion or Exclusion of Rights

6. Corruption, Alaska-style

7. Marathon Fever

8. An Apologetic Don

9. No Blushing Here

10. Mail-Order Matrimony

11. Some Old Young History

12. Cleary Summit Burning

13. The State of Oil

14. The Austrian Skier, the German Archaeologist, and the Country That Sees Subversives Everywhere

15. The Opposition Position

16. Wont Get Fooled Again!

17. Big State, Small Screen

18. A Century of Political Melodrama

19. Remembering a Giant

20. Fifty Years of Statehood: The Historical Parade

21. TV Is Here!

22. Alaska Or Bust!

23. A Screaming Comes Across the Sky

24. Books, Tobacco, and Civilization

25. Its Fair Time!

26. From Their Cold Dead Hands

27. Seward In Alaska

28. The Line In the Snow

29. The Alaskan City

30. Monumental Alaska

31. Lets Pay As Little As Possible

32. The Myth of Alaskan Exceptionalism

33. The Right to Ride

34. A Day for the Earth

35. Counting Alaska

36. Severe Days on the Copper and the Tanana

37. The Governor, His Deputy, and a Sweetheart Deal Gone Sour

38. One Person, One Vote

39.  From the Desk of Joe Vogler

40. Renaming Alaska

41. Hoist a Glass!

42. Two Historic Days for Alaska—One Private, One Public


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Coen, Ross
University of Alaska Press
Coen, Ross Allen
General History
World History-General
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