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Puget's Sound: A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the Southern Sound|
Murray Morgan; with A new foreword by William L. Lang
388 pages, 6 x 9, 32 illus., bibliog., index, paperback, University of Washington Press
With the same ability to make personalities and events come alive that characterizes his classic Skid Road, Murray Morgan here tells the colorful story of southern Puget Sound, where major events of Washington's history took place, and of Tacoma, the area's principal city. Drawing upon the original journals and reports, Morgan tells his story largely in terms of individuals, interweaving portraits of well-known historical figures with those who are more obscure but who have a special significance.
Journalist and historian Murray Morgan (1916-2000) was the author of more than twenty books, including Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle and The Last Wilderness. He worked for Time magazine, the New York Herald Tribune, and CBS News before returning to Washington where he taught at Tacoma Community College and for fifteen years hosted the early morning radio show "Our Town, Our World."
"This lively history recounts Tacoma's story from the arrival of Vancouver in 1792 to the establishment of Fort Lewis in 1916. Like so many other towns, Tacoma thought of itself as the 'City of Destiny.' For a time it seemed possible. Great lumbering and smelting industries sprang up, and two continental railroads reached the port. But Tacoma never recovered from the panic of 1893. . . . An absorbing account peopled with fascinating characters." - Library Journal
"No one who has ever written Pacific Northwest history can match Murray Morgan's craftsmanship, the signal virtues of which are pace, precision, humor, and a keen eye for the characterizing-rather than the characteristic-detail, the face or the action that can reveal the character of a person or an era. Though the research is always solid, the perspective is eagerly critical, eagerly creative." - Norman Clark, Pacific Northwest Quarterly
"Morgan's history is an informal epic of adventure and avarice, of courage and venality. . . . Puget's Sound . . . will help to sustain the vitality of the school of thought that believes history is, after all, about people." - The Pacific Historian
"The best books have the capacity to tower above their subjects, remaining relevant long after their authors have left us. Morgan, through his poetic and evocative imagery, created an enduring legacy that will enable generations of future readers to experience the grandeur and the wonder of the Pacific Northwest, its history, and its people." - Oregon Historical Quarterly
Table of Contents
The Eyes of Discovery
The Eyes of Exploitation
The Eyes of Empire
The Engineer and the Indians
The Quaker, the Boomer, and the Railroad
The Gap is Closed
"Bore, Bennett, Bore"
"The Chinese Must Go"
The Uses of Adversity
Absentees and Hometowners
One Man's Tacoma
Notes on Sources