By Linda Carlson
2004 Washington kingdom ebook Award Finalist
"Company town." The phrases evoke pictures of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in remoted villages, of wages paid in scrip sturdy merely at price-gouging corporation shops, of paternalistic employers. yet those stereotypes are outmoded, in particular for these corporation cities that flourished good into the 20 th century. In corporation cities of the Pacific Northwest, Linda Carlson presents a extra balanced and life like examine those "intentional communities."
Drawing from citizens� recollections, modern newspaper money owed, corporation newsletters and histories, census and faculty files, and location plans, Carlson appears at cities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. She examines how businesses went approximately controlling housing, faith, taxes, liquor, prostitution, and union organizers. This vivid background supplies the main points of way of life in groups that have been frequently distant and topic to serious climate. It seems to be on the tragedies and celebrations: sawmill injuries, mine cave-ins, and avalanches in addition to Independence Day picnics, institution graduations, and xmas events. eventually, it tells what occurred while humans left--when they misplaced their jobs, whilst the family members breadwinner died or used to be disabled, while the mill closed.
An abundant collection of illustrations, such a lot by no means formerly released, broadens the allure of this full of life and well-researched book.
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