By Linda Carlson
2004 Washington country ebook Award Finalist
"Company town." The phrases evoke photos of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in remoted villages, of wages paid in scrip strong merely at price-gouging corporation shops, of paternalistic employers. yet those stereotypes are superseded, particularly for these corporation cities that flourished good into the 20th century. In corporation cities of the Pacific Northwest, Linda Carlson presents a extra balanced and real looking examine those "intentional communities."
Drawing from citizens� recollections, modern newspaper debts, corporation newsletters and histories, census and faculty files, and location plans, Carlson seems at cities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. She examines how businesses went approximately controlling housing, faith, taxes, liquor, prostitution, and union organizers. This bright historical past offers the main points of everyday life in groups that have been frequently distant and topic to critical climate. It seems on the tragedies and celebrations: sawmill injuries, mine cave-ins, and avalanches in addition to Independence Day picnics, college graduations, and xmas events. ultimately, it tells what occurred while humans left--when they misplaced their jobs, whilst the family members breadwinner died or was once disabled, whilst the mill closed.
An plentiful choice of illustrations, so much by no means formerly released, broadens the charm of this vigorous and well-researched book.
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