On March 21, 1910, some 200 residents of St. Johns, Oregon, rioted against the so-called “Hindu” mill workers working and living in town. While this little-known riot lasted two hours, its aftershocks reverberated for years. East Indians and Portland authorities pursued prosecution of the town’s mayor, several police officers, and multiple white laborers, their trials sprawling over two years. More significantly, following the trials, St. Johns became a center of East Indian anti-colonial organizing focused on the overthrow of British rule of India. This talk will explore the colonial roots of the riot and East Indian’s radical response.
Johanna Ogden is a local, independent historian. She has spoken from British Columbia to California, and in India, on Indians' Oregon legacy in the context of global empire, and is currently completing a book manuscript on the topic.
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This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
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