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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.

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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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mulliner, March 25, 2013 (view all comments by mulliner)
I thoroughly enjoyed this history of Portland. He takes if from who was living on (what became) Sauvie Island before Europeans showed up to the present day in a slim book. It's a fast read, yet he still manages to work in a lot that I didn't know. There are Wobblies, the KKK, artists, longshoremen and immigrants. it's interesting seeing the city's character emerge. I knew bits and pieces about Portland's history, but this put it into context and added more detail.
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trippzy12, January 24, 2012 (view all comments by trippzy12)
Carl Abbott could be considered one of the most knowledgeable figures when it comes to Portland, and along with his skill of writing he has made one of the most lighthearted and easy reads of Portland's history. Portland in Three Centuries is accurate, clear, and concise. This was the most helpful book when it came to trying to learn a few things about Portland and coming up with a wonderful source. I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in the city of Portland.
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Portland ex-pat, October 17, 2011 (view all comments by Portland ex-pat)
Ordering this book as Christmas gifts for my siblings. I miss my hometown, hope this book brings back fond memories!
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The Place and the People
Abbott, Carl
Oregon State University Press
HISTORY / Social History
History-Pacific Northwest
History-Historical Geography
World History-General
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