The Great Spokane Falls Fire of 1889: Background information when reading Fire Season

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Fire Season

A Novel

by Leyna Krow

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Fire Season by Leyna Krow
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The Great Spokane Falls Fire of 1889

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Black and white photo of burned buildings and debris after Spokane Falls FireFire Season is set in the late 1880s and features a historical backdrop of immense changes — both metaphorical and literal — in Spokane Falls, Washington. It was a time when Washington was seeking statehood and the legitimacy that came along with this designation, and the Great Spokane Falls Fire could have put the territory's future in jeopardy. This dramatic scenery in which a community seeks both validity and rebirth sets the stage for the novel, as the main characters also undergo searches for a similar sense of security in their identities and become born again in different ways.

Washington had been a territory for 36 years before it became the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. It remained a territory for far longer than others that had achieved statehood, despite its economic strength and foundations. It was a hotly debated issue whether Washington should become a state — revealing concerns surrounding legitimacy, oversight, power and money. Throughout Fire ...

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