Voices 2014: Oregon Was Once a Slave State

R. Gregory Nokes, author and journalist


News Stories
Like most deep-rooted Oregonians, R. Gregory Nokes presumed America’s ugly racial history didn’t apply to him. Not personally, anyway. Slavery, the fifth-generation Oregon native assumed, wa   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Dr. Know: Historically Heinous

How come Oregon has a county named after someone as despicable as Gen. William S. Harney?


Dr. Know
How come Oregon’s Harney County is named after a guy who beat his slave girl to death and led troops in slaughtering 86 Indian men, women and...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Home on the Grange

What's a grange?


Dr. Know
In cycling the highways and byways surrounding Portland, I’ve run across several old buildings with names like “Tigard Grange” or “Milwaukie Grange.” What’s a grange? Were these the pi   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Frontier Profiling

Was it once illegal to be African-American in Oregon?


Dr. Know
(Author’s note: Final installment for “Oregon History Month.” By now, you should almost believe it’s real.) Was it once illegal to be African-American in Oregon? I’ve heard that black t   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Beaver State Indeed

Was Oregon originally established as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hudson’s Bay Company?


Dr. Know
(Author’s note: In honor of Oregon History Month, an observance I made up, I’m devoting July to history questions.) I recently...   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Remnants of the Empire?

What was the impact of Oregon being the last British territory in the US?


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Oregon was the last British territory in the U.S.—did the English stick around when the New...   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH

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