Breaking Chains — a 2014 Oregon Book Award Finalist

After emigrating to a free territory, they remained slaves

Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, is
R. Gregory Nokes’ nonfiction account of the largely forgotten story of Oregon slavery. The book is available now from Oregon State University Press.

“This is the way history should be written.”
Jane Kirkpatrick, author of One Glorious Ambition

Order a copy today:
Your Independent Bookstore
Oregon State University Press: 800-621-2736
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“To convey that to a person which at the time is
absolutely his by law, plainly amounts to nothing.’’

— Judge George H. Williams, the chief justice of the
Territorial Supreme Court, July 13, 1853, in his ruling on
the Holmes vs. Ford slave case.



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