Slavery on trial in the oregon territory r gregory nokes 6 x 9 inches illustrations index 240 pages 2013 isbn 978 0 87071 712 3 told against the background of the national controversy over slavery breaking chains sheds light on a somber part of pacific northwest history bringing the story of slavery in oregon to a broader audience. Breaking chains slavery on trial in the oregon territory tells the story of slaves brought to oregon from missouri in the mid 1800s it is told against the background of the national controversy over slavery that led to civil war in 1861. R gregory nokes is the author breaking chains slavery on trial in the oregon territory and massacred for gold the chinese in hells canyon an oregonian pacific northwest top 10 book he travelled the world as a reporter and editor for the associated press and the oregonian . I knew oregon had a racist past but was not aware of the amount of support there was for slavery among powerful men in the oregon territory one heartbreaking story chronicles the legal efforts of robin holmes to free his children in the 1850s slavery was not legal in the oregon territory at that time but the reality was somewhat different. Breaking chains slavery on trial in the oregon territory by r gregory nokes breaking chains slavery on trial in the oregon territory by r gregory nokes corvallis oregon state university press 2013 pp 224 paper 1995 though slavery was prohibited in the oregon territory prior to the ambiguities introduced in 1857 by the
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