Author: R. Gregory Nokes
"Tells the story of the only slavery case ever adjudicated in Oregon courts - Holmes v. Ford. Drawing on the court record of this landmark case, Nokes offers an intimate account of the relationship between a slave and his master from the slave's point of view. He also explores the experiences of other slaves in early Oregon, examining attitudes toward race and revealing contradictions in the state's history. Oregon was the only free state admitted to the union with a voter-approved constitutional clause banning African Americans and, despite the prohibition against slavery, many in Oregon tolerated it, and supported politicians who were pro-slavery, including Oregon's first territorial governor"--Unedited summary from book cover.
Author: Bill Mercer
Publisher: University of Washington Press
People of the River is the first major publication to focus exclusively on the rich artistic traditions of the Native Americans who traditionally lived along the lower Columbia River from the mouth of the Snake River to the Pacific Ocean. In this richly illustrated volume, author Bill Mercer eloquently describes the Columbia River art style as an indigenous development that emerged over the course of countless generations and whose forms reveal a unique combination of designs, motifs, materials, and techniques. The book includes more than two hundred objects organized into sections that focus on sculptural forms, basketry, and beadwork spanning the pre-contact era to the middle of the twentieth century. People of the River features many objects that have never before been published and provides keen insight into a previously unrecognized area of Native American art. With insightful texts, lavish reproductions, and an extensive bibliography, People of the River promises to be a key resource on this compelling body of work for years to come.
Author: Charlotte Lewis
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
A letter received in the fall of 1850 prompts Rebecca Harrigan’s family to join a wagon train and head for the Oregon Territory in the spring of 1851. One hundred seventy-five days later, the Harrigans reach Oregon City, the capitol of the Oregon Territory. This tale relates the Harrigan’s first two years of living in the Oregon Territory. After the free land that lured them west is staked and claims filed, the work begins. Building a house, privy, barn and other outbuildings is priority. Winter will soon be upon them and shelter is needed for the family and its animals. A cooperative effort is established of neighbors so everyone is sheltered by the first snowfall. Rebecca soon learns how to keep house as well as help her father in the fields. She is ‘growing up’ and is not sure she likes the new responsibilities. There is much laughter and joy, as well as pain and sorrow, in the Oregon Territory.