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"This short history is meant to introduce the history of Oregon and Washington to adult readers. No attempt is made to be comprehensive, but the author has tried to treat the major developments in economic, social political, and cultural life. Although based in places on source materials, much of the content derives from secondary accounts. More would be, but the history of the region--especially for the twentieth century--is mainly unwritten. There are whole areas of life for which not one single scholarly account appears. Yet perhaps what the book lacks in depth will be compensated for by the oppportunities is unveils for future study and research." Includes maps and illustrations.