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Hard Traveling: A Portrait of Work Life in the New Northwest
Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes
234 pages, Illus., paperback / softcover, University of Nebraska Press / Bison Books
Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes is a professor of history and the director of the Institute for Pacific Northwest Study at the University of Idaho. His many books include In Mountain Shadows: A History of Idaho (Nebraska 1991).
“It’s the powerful photographs of the workers and their surroundings—‘a commonwealth of toil’—that keep you turning the pages for fascinating glimpses into a neglected aspect of the building of America.”—Parade.
“Hard Traveling stands as a model of how photographs can successfully be employed as a tool for serious historical inquiry. The dynamism of the Pacific Northwest during the age of the wageworkers’ frontier is powerfully conveyed through the book’s carefully selected photographs, which have been skillfully arranged, both thematically and visually, in ways that maximise their potential as historical evidence. . . . [Schwantes] deftly uses excerpts from a rich variety of written documents . . . to provide an appropriate intellectual setting for the photographs and add depth to the stories that they tell. . . . Hard Traveling is an engrossing work and will appeal to the general reader and specialist alike.”--Labor History.
“This splendid collection . . . comprises about 200 rare and dramatic photographs of life and work in the Pacific Northwest between 1880 and 1950. Schwantes has woven a rich tapestry from the archives of pioneer photographers. . . . The pictures . . . take us beyond and behind the promotional scenic photographs of lush crops, booming cities and flourishing industry. They show the disasters, accidents and, above all, the faces of those otherwise anonymous people who made up the endless turnover of labour characteristic of frontier areas. . . . Not least, the volume is an important contribution to the history of American photography, because Schwantes is concerned to examine how the photographers themselves perceived the life and work they captured in their images.”—Times Literary Supplement.
Women in Pacific Northwest History [revised edition]
Edited by Karen J. Blair
334 pages, 6 x 9, 27 illus., 5 in color, paperback, University Press of Washington
This new edition of Karen Blair's popular anthology originally published in 1989 includes thirteen essays, eight of which are new. Together they suggest the wide spectrum of women's experiences that make up a vital part of Northwest history.
Series: A McLellan Book
"Women in the Pacific Northwest provides abundant examples of women's active roles as citizens who helped shape regional events, and adds new information to the growing literature on western women." - Western Historical Quarterly
"New insights into the lives of pioneer Japanese women, urban black women, and the women of the Colville Indian Reservation make the reading of this
collection well worthwhile. A solid regional study." - Choice
"This book contributes to the task of bringing the lives of Northwest women out of the shadows and provides an excellent model for others to follow. It is of value for the specialist in women's history as well as anyone interested in exploring all the corridors of Pacific Northwest history." - Oregon Historical Quarterly
"This anthology is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature concerning the history of women in the United States and particularly the history of women in the American West. Its essays, which address the issues of woman suffrage, women's work, race and ethnicity, and the arts... begin to remedy the long-time dearth of knowledge about women in the Pacific Northwest." - Montana, the Magazine of Western History
Table of Contents
Part 1. New Directions for Research
1. Tied to Other Lives: Women in Pacific Northwest History, Susan Armitage
Part 2. Politics and Law
2. Of Women's Rights and Freedom: Abigail Scott Duniway, Ruth Barnes Moynihan
3. The Fight for Woman Suffrage and the Oregon Press, Lauren Kessler
4. "His Face is Weak and Sensual": Portland and the Whipping Post Law, David Peterson del Mar
Part 3. Work
5. Working-Class Feminism and the Family Wage Ideal: The Seattle Debate on Married Women's Right to Work, 1914-1920, Maurine Weiner Greenwald
6. Bertha Knight Landes: The Woman Who Was Mayor, Doris H. Pieroth
7. The Job He Left Behind: Women in the Shipyards During World War II, Karen Beck Skold
Part 4. Race and Ethnicity
8. The Role of Native Women in the Creation of Fur Trade Society in Western Canada, 1670-1830, Sylvia Van Kirk
9. A Chicana in Northern Aztlan: Dora Sanchez Trevino, Jerry Garcia
10. Gender Equality in the Colville Indian Reservation in Traditional and Contemporary Contexts, Lillian A. Ackerman
Part 5. The Arts
11. Quilts in the Lives of Women Who Migrated to the Northwest, 1850-1990: A Visual Record Bywater, Mary Bywater Cross
12. The Seattle Ladies Musical Club, 1890-1930, Karen J. Blair
13. Tsugiki, a Grafting: A History of a Japanese Pioneer Woman in Washington State, Gail M. Nomura
Suggestions for Further Reading
Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest
288 pages, 6 x 9, 61 illus., notes, bibliog., index, paperback, University of Washington Press
2004 Washington State Book Award Finalist
"Company town." The words evoke images of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in isolated villages, of wages paid in scrip good only at price-gouging company stores, of paternalistic employers. But these stereotypes are outdated, especially for those company towns that flourished well into the twentieth century. In Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest, Linda Carlson provides a more balanced and realistic look at these "intentional communities."
Drawing from residents' reminiscences, contemporary newspaper accounts, company newsletters and histories, census and school records, and site plans, Carlson looks at towns in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. She examines how companies went about controlling housing, religion, taxes, liquor, prostitution, and union organizers. This vibrant history gives the details of daily life in communities that were often remote and subject to severe weather. It looks at the tragedies and celebrations: sawmill accidents, mine cave-ins, and avalanches as well as Independence Day picnics, school graduations, and Christmas parties. Finally, it tells what happened when people left - when they lost their jobs, when the family breadwinner died or was disabled, when the mill closed.
An ample selection of illustrations, most never previously published, broadens the appeal of this lively and well-researched book.
Seattle consultant Linda Carlson has written or contributed to several books on business, including Services Marketing, The Publicity and Promotion Handbook: A Complete Guide for Small Business, and nine job-search guides. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, she has a special interest in company towns and social histories.
"This remarkable survey of life in the company towns of the Pacific Northwest and their significance to the economy of the region makes an important contribution to the social history of the West. Here Carlson identifies over a hundred full-blown company-owned towns, where, in most cases, the company provided all the housing, stores, schools, recreational facilities, law enforcement, and even ministers. Her well-written story reveals paternalism at both its best and its worst." - James B. Allen, author of The Company Town in the American West
"Carlson has put together an entertaining and insightful portrait of these long-gone communities that played such an important role in the development of the Pacific Northwest. It's well worth reading." - Washington State Grange News
"The result of Carlson's considerable research is a valuable study of life in company towns in all its basic variations...This book is a fascinating and highly useful study of community building in the American West." - The Western Historical Quarterly
"[A] fascinating human account of small town ingenuity and community spirit. Erudite in its analysis, yet easy to read, it's just what you'd want to find in a history book of any kind." - Washington State Magazine
Table of Contents
When the Boss Built the Town
Bunkhouses, Tent Houses, and Silk Stocking Row
Who Lived in Company Towns?
When the Dinner Bell Clanged
Education in the Company Town
Religion in the Company Town
Baseball, Bowling, Bands, and Bridge Tournaments
The Importance of the Company Store
Forty Miles from Nowhere
Getting the News in Company Towns
When the "Dead Whistle" Blew
Depression and World Wars
Fame - Even If Fleeting
The Paternalistic Company Town Boss
When the Town Shut Down
The Bottom Line