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Posted July 22, 2010
The Portland Red Guide covers much of Portland's radical past, particularly that of Socialists, Communists, and working class people who spoke truth to power. It also describes situations in which those in power, whether politicians or police, oppressed people they find threatening. The book is divided into different time periods, from the nineteenth century to the present. It includes Wobblies, doctors who performed abortions, black people harassed by racist cops, Communists and sympathizers attacked by McCarthyism, and so much more.
I would have liked to have seen more on the women's movement, and neither the Freedom Socialist Party nor its feminist branch Radical Women is ever mentioned. For that matter, Radical Women's headquarters, The Bread and Roses Center on Killingsworth Street, isn't included , nor is In Other Words: Women's Books and Resources. (The Latin root for radical is "going to the root," not "extreme.") Yet overall, this is a fascinating and informative book about a side of Portland often overlooked in mainstream history books.
The book includes not only historical and biographical information, but also site listings with exact street addresses and maps, so the reader can take walks around Portland and see locations mentioned in the book. As a Portlander, I found it exciting to read about places I've seen or visited numerous times, and to anticipate looking for significant places mentioned in the Red Guide. Both history book and guide book, the Portland Red Guide will have a second, updated edition soon from Ooligan Press.