It has been a little over a year since the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) published the Winter 2019 “White Supremacy & Resistance” special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly (OHQ). The issue has been one of OHQ’s most popular in its over 120-year existence. Within six weeks, the initial inventory was almost depleted, prompting a reprint in March 2020 that recently was itself sold out — a testament to the topic’s ongoing relevance.
The issue’s concept was born in June 2017, two weeks after the violent murders on a MAX train in Portland, Oregon, and the resulting authoritative scholarship endures today as the nation continues to process and understand the January 6, 2021, violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The insurrectionists, many belonging to extremist groups rooted in White supremacy, carried with them potent symbols of racism and used violence in an attempt to overturn a legitimate democratic election. While this extremist violence is one consequence of the ideology of White supremacy, those structures also underpin American institutions and organizing systems — sometimes in imperceptible ways. In her “Note from the Editors,” in the Winter 2019 issue, Dr. Carmen Thompson explains this best:
White supremacy is also dangerous to people’s health and wellbeing. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Oregon and the nation have shouldered a disproportionate burden during the COVID-19 global pandemic, including illness and death, loss of housing, and economic hardship. The Winter 2019 special issue provides a scholarly exploration of how that system is connected to people, places, and events in Oregon’s history.
On February 14, 2021, Oregon commemorated becoming a part of the United States 162 years ago, and OHS couldn’t think of a better gift to the state than making this resource available for free. Readers can now download each of the twelve articles published in the “White Supremacy & Resistance” special issue, a PDF of the issue as a whole, and the primary-document interludes that follow each of the articles and illustrate the effects of White supremacy throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You can access all these resources at ohs.org/ohqresistance. The OHQ staff is also excited to work with teachers who are bringing this material into their classrooms.
The Winter 2019 special issue was designed as a complete volume, and we believe it is best read cover to cover. As such, OHS has also ordered a second reprint of 500 copies, which will be available for purchase in the OHS Museum Store by the end of February 2021. You can reserve a print copy by sending an email to email@example.com. The special issue costs $15 or $13.50 for OHS members, and all proceeds from sales in the OHS Museum Store directly support our mission.
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