New Land, North of the Columbia: Historic Documents That Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Today

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Primary source material is the current buzz concept among historians. This colorful and fascinating collection of documents traces the paper trail that is the story of Washington State from its years as a territory starting in 1854 (showing the officially recorded seal of the Washingtonia held in the Washington State Archives) to the Google map of the state that is archived in the cloud. In that 150-year span we have a letter from the chief surveyor of the territory to the acting governor in 1860 protesting the ...

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Overview

Primary source material is the current buzz concept among historians. This colorful and fascinating collection of documents traces the paper trail that is the story of Washington State from its years as a territory starting in 1854 (showing the officially recorded seal of the Washingtonia held in the Washington State Archives) to the Google map of the state that is archived in the cloud. In that 150-year span we have a letter from the chief surveyor of the territory to the acting governor in 1860 protesting the protection that a Canadian boat has given to his escaped slave. We have Governor Pickering’s transcribed telegram to President Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of Thanksgiving 1864. The Point Elliot Treaty is a poignant document that transfers all of the land that becomes Seattle from the various Native tribes. A series of letters from a young woman in Spokane to her boyfriend laments the "sporting life” she finds her self mired in (that would be prostitution). The book includes posters and letters that support and condemn women’s right to vote; prohibition of the sale of alcohol; aid to the unemployed during the Great Depression. Here are the manifests for materials to create the massive and highly secretive "instant” city at Richland that was the Manhattan Project. The Cold War invaded Washington, and the American Legion distributed their brochure entitled How to Spot a Communist. The modern era is represented by an ad for the first Lame Fest concert featuring Mudhoney and Nirvana, the original box that contained Windows 95, a post calling all protesters to the WTO conference, the Good Fruit Grower’s celebratory comments on the rise of merlot. Historian Lorraine McConaghy has traversed the state and sifted through the files of over 100 disparate archives to cull some 400+ items represented in this book.

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Editorial Reviews

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McConaghy is a treasure of Northwest historians, and her book is a treasure trove, a must-read for anyone who wants an eclectic, entertaining survey of Washington state history. Not everyone does, but this book proves those who don't care are missing a lot.
Crosscut

New Land, North of the Columbia is [a] welcome book for those well-versed in Washington history, or for those new to the state. The images are wonderful, the text is a pleasure to read, and the combination of the two makes this a must-have for anyone interested in the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest.
HistoryLink

New Land, North of the Columbia is a tantalizing anthology that invites us to become acquainted with the wealth of information stored in archives locally and throughout the state. This book makes a powerful argument for the undiminished importance of preserving documents and ephemera in order to understand how our manifold actions have an impact on the landscape, our government, and our society.
Kitsap Sun

A unique and entertaining way to explore our state’s history, Lorraine McConaghy—historian at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle—assembles a wide-ranging selection of documents from public archives to tell the century-and-a-half story of Washington State.
Cascadia Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570616938
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,454,411
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Bentley is the author of 15 nonfiction books for young adults and of Hiking Washington's History for a general audience. Her first 13 books use Judith Bentley as the author. She is a writer, hiker, and historian who teaches at South Seattle Community College.

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