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The Portland Red Guide: Sites and Stories From Our Radical Past

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ISBN13: 9781932010152
ISBN10: 1932010157
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Publisher Comments:

A historical guidebook of social dissent in Portland, Oregon, Michael Munk's The Portland Red Guide links notable radicals, their organizations, and their activities to physical sites in the city.

With the aide of maps and numerous photos, Munk tells the stories history books exclude, stories of working class people and organizations who fought against repression and injustice. The book is a testament to Portland’s rich history of individuals who insisted on a better justification for their lives than the quest for material wealth; instead, they dedicated themselves to offering alternative visions of how to organize our economy and society.

Both a guidebook and an informal history, The Portland Red Guide will expand readers' perspectives of their city and their past. The book is divided by physical or topical entries and loosely grouped into the following chronological periods:

  • Nineteenth Century (Utopians and Marxists)
  • 1900–1930 (Wobblies and Socialists)
  • 1930s (Unions and Commies)
  • WWII–1960 (McCarthyism and Cold War)
  • 1960–1973 (Peaceniks and Civil Rights)
  • 1974–Present (Identities, Protests, and Environment)

Review:

"A roller-coaster ride through Portland's radical past. Who knew that being on the losing side of just about everything could be so much fun?" Phil Stanford, Portland Tribune columnist, author of Portland Confidential

Review:

"Michael Munk is the Lewis and Clark of Portland's radical past, leading his readers on a voyage of discovery through a long-lost and wonderfully evocative historical terrain. I only wish the Red Guide had been around in the days when I was one of those Portland radicals he writes about with such knowledge (and affection)." Maurice Isserman, author of If I Had a Hammer: the Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left, and former staffer at The Willamette Bridge and The Portland Scribe

Review:

"Whoop! Whoop! I'm impressed by how many names from Portland's past have not made it into our official histories and public memorials. Some were good friends of mine. Local history is too often overlooked. Good work, Mike." Bud Clark, Saloon keeper, Goose Hollow Inn, and Mayor of Portland, 1985–1992

Review:

"Michael Munk did a terrific job of researching local leftist and labor struggles usually ignored by conventional historians and the commercial media." Gene Klare, columnist, Northwest Labor Press. Former reporter, pre-strike The Oregonian and the Portland Reporter

Review:

"What fun to learn all the ordinary places have a not-so ordinary history. Some will call The Portland Red Guide subversive, others will welcome it as the sweet breeze of revelation, but all will have to admit it adds a fascinating new layer to appreciating Portland. Even those Portlanders who think they know their city's past will likely find themselves shocked at the wealth of radical Portland history related in this volume. One hopes it becomes as ubiquitous as cell phones in Portland pedestrians' hands." Sandy Polishuk, author of Sticking to the Union: An Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila

Review:

"Going to these addresses can bring to mind what has gone before and perhaps, encourage more resistance today. I had no idea so much has happened in Portland. And reading the names of people who struggled and whom I worked with brought up lots of memories." Sandra Ford, former wife of Black Panther Party leader Kent Ford

Book News Annotation:

From free speech protests by the Industrial Workers of the World to protests of the George H. W. Bush administration that prompted the nickname of "Little Beirut," Portland, Oregon, has long been a site of radical organizing and protest. Munk, a retired political science professor with biographical ties to Portland's radical past and present, here offers a tour guide of Portland's radical history, presenting city maps that mark the places and buildings that witnessed the activities of Wobblies, socialists, unionists, anti-war protestors, and civil rights organizers from the 19th century to the present and offering brief descriptions of the importance of each. Distributed in the US by Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Michael Munk was born in Prague in 1934 and escaped the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, fleeing with his family to Portland in 1939. He majored in political science at both Reed College and the University of Oregon and received a PhD in politics from New York University in 1974. He taught political science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Roosevelt University in Chicago, and Rutgers University in New Jersey for twenty-five years before retiring to Portland.

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Susan Wiget, July 22, 2010 (view all comments by Susan Wiget)
The Portland Red Guide covers much of Portland’s radical past, particularly that of Socialists, Communists, and working class people who spoke truth to power. It also describes situations in which those in power, whether politicians or police, oppressed people they find threatening. The book is divided into different time periods, from the nineteenth century to the present. It includes Wobblies, doctors who performed abortions, black people harassed by racist cops, Communists and sympathizers attacked by McCarthyism, and so much more.

I would have liked to have seen more on the women’s movement, and neither the Freedom Socialist Party nor its feminist branch Radical Women is ever mentioned. For that matter, Radical Women’s headquarters, The Bread and Roses Center on Killingsworth Street, isn’t included, nor is In Other Words: Women's Books and Resources. The Latin root for radical is "going to the root," not "extreme." Yet overall, this is a fascinating and informative book about a side of Portland often overlooked in mainstream history books.

The book includes not only historical and biographical information, but also site listings with exact street addresses and maps, so the reader can take walks around Portland and see locations mentioned in the book. As a Portlander, I found it exciting to read about places I’ve seen or visited numerous times, and to anticipate looking for significant places mentioned in the Red Guide. Both history book and guide book, the Portland Red Guide will have a second, updated edition soon from Ooligan Press.
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lastmarx, November 13, 2007 (view all comments by lastmarx)
It's a wonderful book and it's so well organized I can't believe it... delighted that my May Day toast is part of it. Gary Snyder
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michael munk, July 2, 2007 (view all comments by michael munk)
An informal illustrated history and walking guide to about 150 radical sites, the Red Guide asks us to remember and respect ?those who worked for a better world rather than their own place in the present one.? Fits in your back pocket. Original cover art by Icky A.

Check out :John Reed's birthplace /William Z. Foster's favorite bar/ Elizabeth Gurley Flynn's home with Portland's radical doctor Marie Equi/ the site of "Bloody Wednesday" where police shot four longshoremen during the Great 1934 waterfront strike/ Woody Guthrie's home while composing "Roll On, Columbia"/ the site of the Afro-American's League 1898 protest against the only armed overthrow of a elected municipal government... and 150 other sites related to Portland's radical, labor and equal justice struggles.

Blurbs

A thorough and thoroughly fascinating trip through Portland's rabble-rousing history. Munk has a passion for his subject that comes accross on the page and in person. --Jeff Baker's "Hot Sheet" in The Oregonian

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Michael Munk is the Lewis and Clark of Portland?s radical past, leading his readers on a voyage of discovery through a long-lost and wonderfully evocative historical terrain. I only wish the Red Guide had been around in the days when I was one of those Portland radicals he writes about with such knowledge (and affection).--Maurice Isserman, author of If I Had a Hammer: the Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left; former staffer at the Willamette Bridge and The Portland Scribe

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Whoop! Whoop! I?m impressed by how many names from Portland?s past have not made it into our official histories and public memorials. Some were good friends of mine. Local history is too often overlooked. Good work, Mike.--Bud Clark, saloon keeper, Goose Hollow Inn, and Mayor of Portland, 1985?1992

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The writing is often vivid. To a surprising and completely appropriate extent he incorporates poetry, ranging from known Portland writers to the published verse of a six-year-old child supporting paper workers on strike. The extensive photos are well chosen and integral to the book's mission of enabling us to see and think anew.-- Norm Diamond in the Portland Alliance

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Michael Munk did a terrific job of researching local leftist and labor struggles usually ignored by conventional historians and the commercial media.--Gene Klare, columnist, Northwest Labor Press. Former reporter, pre-strike The Oregonian and the Portland Reporter

***

What fun to learn all the ordinary places have a not-so-ordinary history. Some will call The Portland Red Guide subversive, others will welcome it as the sweet breeze of revelation, but all will have to admit it adds a fascinating new layer to appreciating Portland. Even those Portlanders who think they know their city?s past will likely find themselves shocked at the wealth of radical Portland history related in this volume. One hopes it becomes as ubiquitous as cell phones in Portland pedestrians? hands.--Sandy Polishuk, author of Sticking to the Union: An Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila

***

Going to these addresses can bring to mind what has gone before and perhaps, encourage more resistance today. I had no idea so much has happened in Portland. And reading the names of people who struggled and whom I worked with brought up lots of memories.--Sandra Ford, former wife of Black Panther Party leader Kent Ford

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A roller-coaster ride through Portland?s radical past. Who knew that being on the losing side of just about everything could be so much fun?--Phil Stanford, Portland Tribune columnist, author of Portland Confidential

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781932010152
Subtitle:
Sites and Stories of Our Radical Past
Publisher:
Ooligan Press
Author:
Munk, Michael
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Oregon
Subject:
History
Subject:
Radicalism
Subject:
Portland (Or.)
Subject:
Portland (Or.) History.
Subject:
United States - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
June 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
253
Dimensions:
8.44x4.60x.66 in. .66 lbs.

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"Review" by , "A roller-coaster ride through Portland's radical past. Who knew that being on the losing side of just about everything could be so much fun?"
"Review" by , "Michael Munk is the Lewis and Clark of Portland's radical past, leading his readers on a voyage of discovery through a long-lost and wonderfully evocative historical terrain. I only wish the Red Guide had been around in the days when I was one of those Portland radicals he writes about with such knowledge (and affection)." Maurice Isserman, author of If I Had a Hammer: the Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left, and former staffer at The Willamette Bridge and The Portland Scribe
"Review" by , "Whoop! Whoop! I'm impressed by how many names from Portland's past have not made it into our official histories and public memorials. Some were good friends of mine. Local history is too often overlooked. Good work, Mike."
"Review" by , "Michael Munk did a terrific job of researching local leftist and labor struggles usually ignored by conventional historians and the commercial media." Gene Klare, columnist, Northwest Labor Press. Former reporter, pre-strike The Oregonian and the Portland Reporter
"Review" by , "What fun to learn all the ordinary places have a not-so ordinary history. Some will call The Portland Red Guide subversive, others will welcome it as the sweet breeze of revelation, but all will have to admit it adds a fascinating new layer to appreciating Portland. Even those Portlanders who think they know their city's past will likely find themselves shocked at the wealth of radical Portland history related in this volume. One hopes it becomes as ubiquitous as cell phones in Portland pedestrians' hands." Sandy Polishuk, author of Sticking to the Union: An Oral History of the Life and Times of Julia Ruuttila
"Review" by , "Going to these addresses can bring to mind what has gone before and perhaps, encourage more resistance today. I had no idea so much has happened in Portland. And reading the names of people who struggled and whom I worked with brought up lots of memories."
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