The 2021 NW Authors Series continues as we welcome author R. Gregory Nokes! This virtual event will take place on Zoom Saturday, March 20, 2 p.m. PST. Nokes, a historian and journalist, will discuss early Oregonians who were on opposite sides of the intense debate over whether Oregon should be a slave state.
It’s little remembered today that the issue of slavery was the dominant issue facing delegates to Oregon’s Constitutional Convention in 1857. But the debate actually began much earlier when the first major wagon trains brought white settlers to Oregon, a few of whom came with slaves.
Nokes will discuss two books he has written on Oregon slavery, “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory,” and “The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California.” Nokes will also preview a third book coming out this year, “Eminent Oregonians,” which includes a section on Jesse Applegate, who, as a delegate to the constitutional convention, carried the argument against slavery.
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Gregory Nokes has travelled to more than 50 countries as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and The Oregonian. He is a graduate of Willamette University and attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow. He lives in West Linn, Oregon.