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The Golden State’s Unpopular Pro-Slavery Governor

BY R. GREGORY NOKES Peter Hardeman Burnett had probably the most impressive list of achievements of any leader in the early American West. He served on the supreme court of the Oregon Territory and became the first governor of California. So why has he been forgotten?...

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Nokes talks about Burnett on Jefferson Public Radio

Greg Nokes is interviewed by Jefferson Public Radio for his new book on California's First Governor, Peter Burnett. You can probably remember a few names from the early days of white settlement in Oregon and California. A few people were prominent in the formation of...

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Volunteers Clear Trail to Massacre Site

CHINESE MASSACRE COVE Those of you who read my book, "Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon," will recall the difficult and strenuous hike I took with my late friend, Mike Shanahan to the massacre site. I received today a note and the following press release...

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Narcissa’s Letter: The Massacre

By R. GREGORY NOKES  In what is now known at the Whitman Massacre, a gang of disaffected Cayuse Indians murdered American missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and eleven others on November 29, 1847 at their mission at Waiilatpu near present day Walla Walla,...

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Massacre at Hells Canyon ranks high in OPB views

My Take: TV Ratings I’ve never paid much attention to television ratings, except when they reflect well on me. And here’s one that so reflects. I’m told that the recent Oregon Public Broadcasting program on the 1887 Chinese massacre was one of the highest rated local...

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Black Harris – Northwest Mountain Man of Mystery

Greg Nokes authored a feature for Columbia Magazine on Black Harris, a mid-1800s mountain man who pioneered the West. Black Harris — The Northwest’s Mountain Man of Mystery By R. Gregory Nokes Moses “Black” Harris was known to tell some pretty tall tales....

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The Exclusion Laws

Columbia Magazine, the quarterly publication of the Washington State Historical Society – Winter 2014-15 Oregon’s Early History of Racial Inequality By R. Gregory Nokes “African Americans Not Wanted Here” was the explicit message sent through the country in the early...

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