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McCallandia: Tom McCall and the Presidency - Real and Imagined
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Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall's new book, McCallandia, is an alternate history that imagines the iconic Oregon governor Tom McCall becoming president of the United States and the nation taking a different path. McCall's governorship of Oregon saw an impressive record of accomplishment, especially in the environmental arena—the Bottle Bill, the Beach Bill, statewide land-use planning, and the cleanup of the Willamette River. In McCallandia, he has the opportunity to take those ideas to the national stage when he steps into the presidency in 1974. Dr. Laura Gifford's Winter 2014 Oregon Historical Quarterly article, "Planning for a Productive Paradise: Tom McCall and the Conservationist Tale of Oregon Land-Use Policy," explores McCall's legacy from a new angle through an argument that McCall's vision was tied "to the Republican Party politics of the Progressive Era . . . emphasiz[ing] wise use and careful planning to generate progress in place of mere growth." Gifford explores how the land-use policies McCall successfully implemented in Oregon ultimately failed on the national stage. Join us for a discussion between the two authors about the real and imagined ways McCall and his policies impacted the presidency and then nation.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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