Lecture, Online Video     Series: Oregon History 101

How the Donation Land Act Created the State of Oregon  and Influenced its History

The Oregon Donation Land Law, passed by Congress in 1850, divided land into square plots that are still visible on the western Oregon landscape. The law allowed for white males and married women to claim 320 acres of free land, which helped spur the westward resettlement of European Americans to the Oregon territory and had lasting impact on the economic, political, and cultural development of the state.

How the Donation Land Act Created the State of Oregon and Influenced its HistoryProfessor Johnson will discuss how the Donation Land Act of 1850 initiated a land rush to Oregon, hastened the European American conquest of the territory, and-by virtue of the sheer size of the Donation Land claimant population-influenced almost every aspect of the region's subsequent transformation into a U.S. territory and state.

Event Type: Lecture, Online Video

David A. Johnson is a professor of history at Portland State University. His field of expertise is United States social and intellectual history. Johnson is the managing editor of the Pacific Historical Review.

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