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Books in Common: R. Gregory Nokes and Jane Kirkpatrick

Books in Common: R. Gregory Nokes and Jane Kirkpatrick

Fellow author Jane Kirkpatrick and I spoke on our books for a Zoom event: Books in Common. My presentation focused on "Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory," which is especially relevant in these troubled times. SEE IT HERE. Jane spoke of her...

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Peter Hardeman Burnett’s Short but Notorious Judicial Legacy

Peter Hardeman Burnett’s Short but Notorious Judicial Legacy

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.

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Pacific Northwest Quarterly book review

Pacific Northwest Quarterly book review

The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California GREGORY NOKES (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2018. xi, 270 pp. Illustrations, maps, appendixes, notes, bibliography, index. $19.95) Peter Burnett emerges from R. Gregory...

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Just released: Slavery’s Descendants

Just released: Slavery’s Descendants

R. Gregory Nokes contributed a chapter to the just-published Slavery's Descendants, a compilation of stories about slavery. He wrote about Reuben Shipley, a slave brought to Oregon from Missouri by one of his ancestors. Race remains a potent and divisive force in our...

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