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Sins of the Son: A teenager’s deathbed confession
By R. Gregory NokesColumbia: The Magazine of Northwest HistoryWinter 2020-21 Before Robert McMillan dies, he will make a deathbed confession to his father of his involvement in one of the most horrific crimes in the American West. The 1889 photograph,...
Nokes interview with Chinese American Media
Greg Nokes gives a wide-ranging interview for a Chinese-American audience about his book, Massacred for Gold, social unrest, racial issues and the 2020 election. The interviewer was Sabrina Lin, a senior at Amherst College on behalf of Chinese American Media, a...
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...
The Oregonian — Opinion: Oregon’s racist history runs deeper than you might think
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.
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.
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...
CROSSCUT: Yes, there were black slaves in the Pacific Northwest.
Historians are making our region confront it An Oregon author is exploring little-known chapters of the region's ugly, racist roots. By Knute Berger, Crosscut In August, The New York Times Magazine published a special edition devoted to the centrality of African...
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Disabuse Podcast – Episode 15: Slavery in Oregon with Greg Nokes
Slavery and Oregon are not often talked about in the same sentence, nor even the same conversation. Yet, journalist and historian Greg Nokes uncovered this little known history of slaves in Oregon in his book, Breaking Chains. He discusses his work HERE.