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Portland in Three Centuries

The Place and the People

Carl Abbott

7 × 10 inches. Black & white photographs and illustrations. Index. 192 pages.

2011. ISBN 978-0-87071-613-3. Paperback, $18.95.

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. 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.

Read Carl Abbott's guest blog at Powell's.

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