Download PDF by Linda Carlson: Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest

By Linda Carlson

2004 Washington nation publication 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 solid in basic terms at price-gouging corporation shops, of paternalistic employers. yet those stereotypes are outmoded, specially for these corporation cities that flourished good into the 20 th century. In corporation cities of the Pacific Northwest, Linda Carlson offers a extra balanced and reasonable examine those "intentional communities."

Drawing from citizens� recollections, modern newspaper bills, corporation newsletters and histories, census and faculty files, and location plans, Carlson seems to be at cities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. She examines how businesses went approximately controlling housing, faith, taxes, liquor, prostitution, and union organizers. This brilliant background supplies the main points of everyday life in groups that have been usually distant and topic to serious climate. It appears to be like on the tragedies and celebrations: sawmill injuries, mine cave-ins, and avalanches in addition to Independence Day picnics, tuition graduations, and yuletide events. eventually, it tells what occurred whilst humans left--when they misplaced their jobs, whilst the kin breadwinner died or used to be disabled, whilst the mill closed.

An plentiful number of illustrations, such a lot by no means formerly released, broadens the allure of this vigorous and well-researched book.

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