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Title : The Portland Red Guide: Sites & Stories of Our Radical Past
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ISBN : 9781932010152
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Number of Pages : 253 Pages
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The Portland Red Guide: Sites & Stories of Our Radical Past Reviews

  • Stephanie Griffin
    2019-01-01 05:38

    Chock-full of information, maps, and historical photos!

  • Riley Pittenger
    2019-01-15 06:41

    Full disclosure, I am a graduate student at the student-run publisher of this book. That being said, I really enjoyed giving this simultaneously uplifting and depressing guide to the city. The book breaks down the social movements behind workers' and civil rights struggles throughout Portland's history with markers on the city map. As a relatively new fellow in Portland, reading this alternate history to that written by the wealthier of the city's historic residents cemented a sense of place for me in a city that enjoys a more liberal reputation than the author, and now myself would give it. Though these stories often end with the incremental and hard won victories of the underrepresented stacking up short to those of the established, the ideas and movements behind the socialists of Portland endure through today. The overall tone of the book is one of duty and community strength that emphasizes the spirit of a better city for all its' citizens. I would recommend this guide to anyone seeking to learn the history of many forgotten Portlanders.

  • Thomas Spölhof
    2018-12-25 08:39

    Michael Munk's The Portland Red Guide takes the reader on a journey of the misunderstood and underrepresented in Portland history. Though I've lived in Portland almost five years now, the history behind the fervent political activism here had remained a mystery. Munk's collective survey brings depth and color to the background. With well-constructed maps and guided walking tours, the reader can continue their research and see for themselves the locations of historic events, strikes, and historic buildings. If you're in Portland, next time you walk through the park blocks, remain cognizant of 1970's Battle of the Park Blocks. The book makes for interesting reading, to say the least. I highly recommend The Portland Red Guide.

  • Brandon
    2018-12-31 07:48

    While The Portland Red Guide functions like a travel guide it reads more like a history book of social dissent. I almost want to call it a “people’s history” of the city of Portland, but comparing it to Zinn’s work is a stretch. What the book does best is provide a timeline for socialist and communist activities in this city, highlighting events and individuals who have been ignored by the conformist and counterrevolutionary historians. The book surprisingly opens up Portland’s history, making it appear not as boring as John Reed made it out to be.The book is divided into chapters that cover specific eras, and each chapter has its own group of maps and photos that are supposed to function like a walking tour of Portland. One of my complaints about this book is that the photos and maps can often be confusing. I wish there would have been a more direct way to identify where a certain picture was (like a page number), rather than just including the photo icon by the entry. I also had a hard time finding numbers on the maps. Perhaps it would have been better if the text, photos, and maps were more intertwined?The book itself is quite valuable, and while it includes the prominent figures and their relations to Portland (such Emma Goldman, Woody Guthrie, Joe Hill, the Black Panthers, the IWW, and so on) it often touches on obscure facts. One of the most surprising entries for me was for the “Battle of the Park Blocks,” a conflict that occurred in May 1970 between Police and anti-war activists in the Park Blocks near Portland State. The brief entry on the 1993 anarchist riot that occurred outside of the famed X-Ray Café was also a pleasant surprise. Yet, my biggest complaint about the book is that it only seems to skim over the anarchist and feminist histories, heavily favoring the socialist and communists ones.

  • Trey Stockard
    2019-01-09 09:27

    The Portland Red Guide is “a modest start toward a more respectful public understanding and rehabilitation of a neglected part of Portland’s common heritage.” Ph.D. in Political Science Michael Munk compiles an alternative history to the one commemorated on local street signs, buildings, neighborhood names and park benches exalting the dynasties of fur impresarios, land grabbers, timber barons and industry magnates. Munk details the Portland area’s radical past, from 19th century “Utopians and Marxists”, to “Wobblies and Socialists” (1900-1930), “Unions and Commies” (1930s), “McCarthyism and Cold War” (WWII-1960), “Peaceniks and Civil Rights” (1960 -1973), on up to the state of “Identities and Protests” movements circa 2010. As the chapter titles suggest, there is a good deal of overlap between the radical movements of one era and the next -- one of the most interesting features of the guide is its ability to trace the connection between, say, the Progressive Party’s 1948 “Bachelors for Wallace” campaign (organized, no less, by a communist) and the Mattachine Society for gay rights. The Portland Red Guide effectively presents an alternate version of far right wing history as well, as Munk chronicles the establishment’s opposition to radicalism. One of Munk’s best resources for radical history, he reports, was the files of the Portland Police Bureau’s notoriously underhanded Red Squad. Despite some technical flaws, The Portland Red Guide is an important effort that seeks to ask who gets to write our history, “Who Gets to Name?”. Every city should have one. For, as Munk invokes, “Until the lions have their historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter - African Proverb.”

  • Susan
    2018-12-28 05:28

    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.

  • Margo
    2019-01-18 09:40

    The Portland Red Guide isn’t a book I would normally pick up. However, I moved to Portland not too long ago and figured I should at least try to learn a little bit about the city’s history. The Portland Red Guide caught my attention because it covers the radical history of Portland. I mean, how often do you see a guide book that delves into what many would consider to be controversial topics? Not to mention, it also includes some handy maps and routes for walking tours so you can go visit the physical locations of the sites mentioned in the book. I particularly enjoyed learning about people like Alan Ginsberg, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger who visited and performed or lived in Portland for a while, and how they were received by the residents of the city. I loved that The Portland Red Guide focuses on the history that you normally wouldn’t see in a typical guide book. It was refreshing, and not to mention engaging. This book is great for anyone who is interested in Portland’s unique history, or who enjoys self-guided walking tours. I can also see this book being used in an academic setting; it certainly has a lot of valuable information presented in it and would be a wonderful addition to a local history course. I think it would also make a great travel book for someone interested in radical history who is visiting or wants to visit Portland.

  • Katey Trnka
    2018-12-27 12:27

    When I first arrived in Portland about five years ago, people who'd been here longer spoke at length about how fast—and how much—the city was changing. I didn't notice it so much until a couple of years ago, when the big-city crustiness started to recede to the edges. With that recession, many—including myself—worry that the city's unique, not-always-rosy history might get lost in the shuffle of yoga studios and broth bars.But I digress. What I love about Munk's book is that it provides those who may only have a pop culture-based understanding of Portland with the rich history that still fuels the political activism in the city. Portland may catch some heat for being too curated these days, but an active citizenry is still a hallmark of this city. To see the roots for today's activists laid out in an easy-to-follow, chronological retelling is refreshing, informative, and inspiring for those who wax poetic about "old" Portland.

  • Cade Hoover
    2018-12-24 08:40

    As a new Portland resident, this book was recommended to me by a friend. In all honesty, I had limited expectations for a historical guide book to the city. Historical texts, in general, have my eyes closing for a little nap pretty abruptly. While The Portland Red Guide can be a little dull in places, it focuses on aspects of the city's history that would most commonly be ignored or overlooked, right away making it a more exciting read. The author's tone of voice is inviting and familiar. I thought it was really great how Munk included specific street addresses and maps of where certain historical figures lived and events took place. This historical guide is full of well kept secrets, but I was really surprised there wasn't more information regarding the feminist/suffrage movement. All in all, an unexpected good read.

  • Kyra
    2019-01-10 11:29

    For those interested in learning more about Portland's rich, radical history, whether a Portlander or a visitor, pick up Michael Munk's The Portland Red Guide. Not only does it offer readers a rich, comprehensive examination of historical events that took place in Portland, but it also provides photos and maps to help give the reader a visual. The book is designed so that sites mentioned are colored in red and are marked on maps, making them easy to follow. As an added bonus, there are four detailed walking tours at the end of the book allowing readers to wander around Portland and experience the history themselves. The walking tours are (mostly) under one mile, making them easy for anyone.

  • Margaret Henry
    2018-12-28 08:22

    Michael Munk’s field book, The Portland Red Guide, reminds me of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Both books are chock full of moments when you realize the historical stories you’ve been told don’t include everyone. I frequently read nonfiction and often read historical books, and Munk’s title is right up there with the best of them. Plus, The Portland Red Guide is written as a sort of field guide, so you can travel throughout Portland, walking in the footsteps of the radicals who helped to shape the city. It’s a book anyone with even a moderate interest in Portland will enjoy thumbing through, while history buffs will want to sit down and devour the whole thing.

  • Mary
    2018-12-19 06:35

    History is fascinating, but this look at Portland's "radical" history didn't exactly hold my interest. The constant entries about demonstrations and strikes became a little tedious. That being said, the book is intended as a sort of travel guide to show you the different places in Portland where these radical events took place. The interior is very well designed with good maps and interesting pictures. There were a couple of very blatant typos that any copy editor should have fixed before this was printed.The book is well done, even if the topic isn't my cup of tea.

  • Micah
    2019-01-10 09:40

    Munk's history and discussion of Portland was a good starting off point. At times it felt more like a zine that someone I knew wrote, instead of a comprehensive guide to the radical times and history in Portland. The author adds an ending note of 'if I missed something, sorry! There's, like, a lot of history!" but I was still confused why some things were put in and not others. I suppose I also just needed a bigger overall picture of Portland's story before I dug in with the radical retellings of if.

  • Melina
    2018-12-28 13:20

    Munk’s book explores the history of forgotten radicals who helped shape the city and it’s culture. I learned so much about the social movements that happened in Portland and the city’s subculture. Having recently moved to Portland I thought this book was great as an introduction to city’s culture and how it has evolved over the years. And because it’s written as a field guide for Portland with photos and maps, you can follow those very footsteps. This book is great for history buffs but also for anyone interested in learning more about the unique history and culture of Portland.

  • Sabrina
    2018-12-20 12:45

    Is your house down the block from WW-1 resisters' headquarters? Did a worker's strike take over your office building in 1970? Was your neighborhood where all the Wobblies lived? These questions and more are answered by the Portland Red Guide.The book's dedication reads "To those who worked for a better world rather than their own place in the present one."What are you doing to get your house on the map for the 2050 edition!?

  • Terri
    2018-12-30 07:40

    Wow. I learned an incredible amount of the history of social movements in Portland from this book...union organizing, secret police squads, Black Panther connections, and tons more. The book includes maps of historical buildings and sites, tons of historical photos, and is well researched. I'm looking forward to doing my own 'Portland red walking tour' sometime soon.

  • Carye Bye
    2018-12-27 06:31

    Fantastic reference and jumping off point to learn a lessor known history. It's no easy task to condense information in understandable pieces. I love the map-location portion, the best way to read this book is out and about. I learned a lot and really appreciate this "retirement book" by Michael Munk.

  • Kenneth
    2019-01-13 07:37

    interesting subbaculture history bits from Stumptown's edgy political underbelly. I really liked the maps and photos. If one was seriously into our "little Beirut" past, they could take a tour now of all the important sites. Lots of obscure factoids even for you non-rabble rousers.

  • Debbie
    2019-01-16 11:44

    Where are the Portland suffragists and feminists?

  • Bean
    2019-01-16 12:33

    If you live in Portland, READ IT!!