Canneries on the Columbia: A New Western History

Canneries on the Columbia is different from other Oregon History Project narratives. The focus is on methodology and the assumptions underlying the beliefs we have regarding history. The narrative starts with an introduction by historian Elliott West and is followed by essays from four historians that offer differing interpretations of the Columbia River canneries. The canneries represent a story rich in relationship and can illuminate how New Western readings support efforts to rethink history in light of new questions. Each essay focuses on a particular topic within the broader subject. Katrine Barber relates the canneries to Native American culture, Chris Friday to issues of Gender, Ellen Eisenberg to Race and Ethnicity, and Joseph Taylor, III to the Environment.

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