Sunday, February 8, 1981

Bigotry: Oregon's sad history

After a rash of swastika graffiti swept the Oregon town where I was working, I dug into the history of the state. And I found that it was no accident that Oregon was about 98 percent white and Christian. The easy-going, eco-friendly image of the state belied a xenophobic past.

This account of that past was news to many people who read it, when it filled an entire issue of the Statesman-Journal's Sunday magazine, Oregon Territory.

I heard from many teachers afterward that they intended to use it in their social studies classrooms.

Here it is, in two PDFs.

Part one.

Part two.

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