Oregon Historical Journal To Highlight State's Racist Past

Jun 10, 2018

Oregon’s legacy of racism - including the prominence of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as resistance against such groups - is the focus of an upcoming publication from the state historical society. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the organization is calling for articles.

A KKK meeting in Lane County, circa 1920s.
Credit Oregon Historical Society

From early state laws that opposed African-American settlers, to KKK members influencing politics in the 1920s, the Beaver State has seen its share of racial prejudice.

Klan members march through Ashland during the 1920s.
Credit Oregon Historical Society

Eliza Canty-Jones is editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly.  She says its Winter 2019 issue will be entirely devoted to this topic.

“Everything from the pioneer-era of white supremacy to labor history, including unions…to organized resistance work and resistance leaders…those are some of the subjects that are called out there.”

A Ku Klux Klan gathering in Porland, 1922.
Credit Oregon Historical Society

Jones adds Eugene itself had a so-called “Klavern” roughly a century ago, that drew people in with its “One Hundred Percent Americanism” stance.  She notes that White Nationalist and Nazi graffiti continues to plague the city.

Proposals for articles are due June 18th.

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