Articles by: R. Gregory Nokes
The widespread white support in Oregon for the Black Lives Matter movement, reflected in weeks of peaceful demonstrations from Portland to far-off Wallowa County, is in striking contrast to the state’s long history of racial exclusion and discrimination.
Historians have never quite figured out how to judge Peter Hardeman Burnett, and so mostly have ignored him. Yet in the sweep of western history, he’s a hard man to ignore. He held more positions in the early American West than any other leader, including a short term on the California Supreme Court in 1857–1858.