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.
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.