The Portland Red Guide: Sites & Stories of Our Radical Past

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A historical guidebook of social dissent, Michael Munk’s The Portland Red Guide describes local radicals, their organizations, and their activities in relation to physical sites in the Rose City. With the aid of maps and historical photos, Munk’s stories are those that history books often exclude. The historical listings expand readers’ perspectives of the unique city and its radical past. The Portland Red Guide is a testament to Portland’s rich history of working-class people and organizations that stood against...

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Overview

A historical guidebook of social dissent, Michael Munk’s The Portland Red Guide describes local radicals, their organizations, and their activities in relation to physical sites in the Rose City. With the aid of maps and historical photos, Munk’s stories are those that history books often exclude. The historical listings expand readers’ perspectives of the unique city and its radical past. The Portland Red Guide is a testament to Portland’s rich history of working-class people and organizations that stood against repression and injustice. It honors those who insisted on pursuing a better justification for their lives rather than the quest for material wealth, and who dedicated themselves to offering alternative visions of how to organize society.

The Portland Red Guide uses maps to give readers a walking tour of the city as well as to illustrate sites such as the house where Woody Guthrie wrote his Columbia River songs; the office of the Red Squad (the only memorial to John Reed); the home of early feminist Dr. Marie Equi; and the downtown site of Portland’s first Afro-American League protest in 1898. This new edition includes up-to-date information about Portland’s most contemporary radicals and suggests routes to help readers walk in the shadows of dissidents, radicals, and revolutionaries. These stories challenge mainstream culture and testify that many in Portland were, and still are, motivated to improve the condition of the world rather than their personal status in it.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932010374
  • Publisher: Ooligan Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Munk was born in Prague in 1934. He graduated from Reed College and the University of Oregon, and received a Ph.D. in politics from New York University in 1974. Munk taught political science for twenty-five years at SUNY, Roosevelt, and Rutgers University. Since then, he has researched local political history and has been published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, and Science & Society. His column, “Our Radical Past,” was a monthly feature in the Portland Alliance for several years. Most recently, his article “John Reed: Political Provocateur” appeared in Portland Monthly, and “McCarthyism Laid to Rest?” was published in Reed Magazine. He recently spoke at the Northwest Labor History Association Conference and presented “The Experience and Legacy of McCarthyism in Oregon” at McMenamins, Edgefield.

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Table of Contents

Preface How to Use The Portland Red Guide Introduction Chapter One: Utopians & Marxists 1804–1899
Chapter Two: Wobblies & Socialists 1900–1930
Chapter Three: Unions & Commies 1930s Chapter Four: McCarthyism & Cold War WWII–1960
Chapter Five: Peaceniks & Civil Rights 1960–1973
Chapter Six: Identities & Protests 1974–Present A Final Word Walking Tours Recommended Portland Histories Frequently Used Acronyms Index
 

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    The Ripley's of Portland's Radical Past

    It¿s hard to believe that so many years passed without somebody pioneering a work of history into Portland¿s unique radical past. This little pocket guide is a tour you can take from your sofa on a rainy afternoon or from the streets for a weekend outing.

    Filled with rich documentation, historical photos and particulars you would probably never find in a conventional history book, The Portland Red Guide is more than a book it¿s an activity for history buffs. Michael Munk is a treasure-trove guardian of leftist historical doctrine.

    The Red Guide takes you on a journey through time from Utopian movements of 1800¿s to Protests for identity in the present day. Visit the site where the Socialist Labor Party held its meetings or where The Portland Police Red Squad still operates. Locations of groups like the Marxists, Wobblies, Unions and Peacenik¿s are but some of the various political locations you can visit that are covered in this book.

    The chapters are nicely laid out according to era and each group is covered in a short fact book style akin to Ripley¿s Believe it or Not that keeps you turning the page until the end. This is a guide you can study and use, one you won¿t want to miss. I highly recommend The Portland Red Guide. If you are the type of person that is not interested in history but wanted to be, this book will light that fire for you.

    -Paul Dudley

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