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By Linda Carlson

2004 Washington nation booklet Award Finalist

"Company town." The phrases evoke photographs of rough-and-tumble loggers and gritty miners, of dreary shacks in remoted villages, of wages paid in scrip sturdy in simple terms at price-gouging corporation shops, of paternalistic employers. yet those stereotypes are outmoded, particularly 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 real looking examine those "intentional communities."

Drawing from citizens� recollections, modern newspaper bills, corporation newsletters and histories, census and college documents, and placement 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 shiny historical past offers the main points of lifestyle 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, institution graduations, and xmas events. eventually, it tells what occurred whilst humans left--when they misplaced their jobs, whilst the relatives breadwinner died or was once disabled, while the mill closed.

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

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