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Mill Town: A Social History of Everett, Washington, from Its Earliest Beginnings on the Shores of Puget Sound to the Tragic and Infamous Event Known as the Everett Massacre
�The Pacific Northwest�s classic confrontation between militants demanding ambiguous change and an establishment intransigently defending the status quo occurred on Sunday, November 5, 1916. To this day no one knows who shot first, nor even how many died, but thanks to Mill Town, we have at last a charting of the forces, economic and personal, that led to the ...more
Published July 1st 1972 by University of Washington Press
(first published December 1st 1970)
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Apr 03, 2009 Miz Babzylonia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in American history.
Well-written history of the colorful, corrupt, amusing, hard life, complex building of early WA state communities, including competition between Seattle and Everett. Compelling description of the struggles between skilled labor unions, the Wobblies, and the imperialist timber barons and mill owners who pitted the two against each other in order to control workers. Rich descriptions of individuals heavily involved and their own motivations, as well as the fierce battles that led to a shameful ...more
Norman H. Clark delivers his exhaustive research on Everett's tumultuous fledgling years with the artistry of a seasoned storyteller. I picked up this book expecting it to be dry, but was hooked within minutes. Clark's attention to the perspectives of individuals within the community give the entire book an immensely relatable feel. When I'd read the final pages, I found myself missing Everett - a city I've never visited. I'll be looking forward to his other books.
What a surprise! I've lived near and worked in Everett for over 30 years and had no idea what a rich history this town has. Very well-written, even compelling, story about a frontier logging town and what people will do for money. The history of unions and especially the IWW is something contemporary readers can learn a great deal from. Reads more like a novel than a work of history.