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Creating Portland

History and Place in Northern New England
(Book - 2005 )
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Creating Portland


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Portland, the largest city in Maine, has recently become one of the most popular destinations in the United States. Named one of New England's most livable cities, Portland has grown over the past quarter century into a major regional center and international tourist mecca. From the colonial period, Portland has been defined by its diverse array of peoples. Native American inhabitants possessed a strong sense of place rooted in spiritual beliefs, environmental practices, and tribal lore. Puritans, Quakers, and Baptists brought religious diversity to Colonial Falmouth (one of several early names for Portland). By the late eighteenth century, free blacks formed an important community. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Irish, Italian, Greek, and Jewish immigrants made their way to Portland. Today, more recent immigrants include individuals from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In addition, Portland has a thriving gay community. Geography, history, and public policy all shaped modern Portland. The core of the city is on a peninsula with a protected harbor on Casco Bay. Across time, Portland residents have exploited geography to develop a natural resource economy. Portland has been a fur trading post, a fishing center, a lumbering and shipbuilding community, a commercial entrepot, and a tourist destination. Portland's proximity to the sea has been the overriding factor in its development, and is a central theme of the historical essays in this volume. A model of contemporary place studies, Creating Portland brings together essays by fourteen scholars on the history, geography, arts, literature, and built environment of Portland over the course of three centuries. Illuminating Portland within the larger context of New England regionalism, and unified by a focus on Portland as a living, changing urban center, Creating Portland is an invaluable guide to the city and a resource for scholars, students, residents, and tourists.
Title: Creating Portland
history and place in northern New England
Publisher: Hanover, N.H. :, University Press of New England,, c2005
Characteristics: xxxi, 348 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Introduction : placing Portland / Joseph A. Conforti
Formerly Machegonne, Dartmouth, York, Stogummor, Casco, and Falmouth / Emerson W. Baker
Thriving and elegant town : eighteenth-century Portland as commercial center / Charles P. M. Outwin
Falmouth, the American Revolution, and the price of moderation / James S. Leamon
Longfellow's Portland / Charles Calhoun
Comunidad escondida : Latin American influences in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Portland / David Carey Jr
Picturing place : Portland and the visual arts / Donna M. Cassidy
Writing Portland : literature and the production of place / Kent C. Ryden
Working Portland : women, class, and ethnicity in the nineteenth century / Eileen Eagan
"What they lack in numbers" : locating Black Portland, 1870/1930 / Maureen Elgersman Lee
Creating and preserving Portland's urban landscape, 1885/1925 / Earle G. Shettleworth Jr
From declining seaport to liberty city : Portland during depression and war /Joel W. Eastman
Creating a "gay mecca" : lesbians and gay men in late-twentieth-century Portland / Howard M. Solomon
Epilogue : Maine, New England, and American city / Joseph A. Conforti
Additional Contributors: Conforti, Joseph A.
ISBN: 9781584655213
1584655216
Branch Call Number: F29.P9 C73 2005
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