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600 Demonstrators march to protest bombing in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four black children. 09/23/1963, OHS Research Library, Oregon Journal Collection, CN 020486

Type: Online Video, Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Oregon’s Enigmatic Black History

Black and white Oregonians have sometimes been in conflict and, at other times, have cooperated as they threaded their way through the state’s history. Blacks in Oregon sometimes pioneered laws and societal practices that reflected national events. Although minuscule in numbers, blacks, along with white allies, led the way in enacting racial justice legislation during the mid-twentieth century. Oregon’s Constitution, however, banned both slavery and free blacks — while the state’s political leadership supported the Union during the Civil War, which led to the end of slavery. Join us for an evening exploring Oregon’s enigmatic history in relation to blacks.

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John Gast, American Progress, 1872. Chromolithograph published by George A, Crofutt. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. digital ID ppmsca.09855

Type: Lecture, Online Video     Series: Experience Oregon

Oregon, Indigenous Nations, Manifest Destiny, and the Doctrine of Discovery

The “Doctrine of Discovery” is the international law principle that European nations used to claim most of the non-European world. This talk will explain the elements that make up this law and argue that the Doctrine of Discovery morphed into “American Manifest Destiny” and was used, and is still being used today, to justify the acquisition of lands and assets of Indian Nations and peoples.

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
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Image courtesy of Chelsea Rose, SOULA

Type: Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Beyond Chinatown: Uncovering Oregon’s Rural Chinese History


McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
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“Valley of the Willamette River,” lithograph from Warre, Henry J. Sketches in North America and the Oregon Country. London: Dickinson & Co., 1848. OHS Research Library, OrHi 49030, bb016736

Type: Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Rethinking Oregon Settlement


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Teachers
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Kathy as a young girl living on the reservation, just before Termination. Courtesy of Kathleen Hill.

Type: Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

You’re So Vain: Indian-White Relations in the 21st Century


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Teachers
  • Researchers
Mexican men wearing straw hats rest on a truck during a barbecue at Oaks Park, 9/24/1944. Del Burckhart, photographer. OHS Research Library 023041

Type: Lecture     Series: Experience Oregon

Grounded in This Place: A Deep History of Latino Activism in Oregon


Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205

  • Free
  • Teachers
  • Researchers