This webinar will explore the national and transnational context and meaning of Oregon’s early racial exclusion laws, from the Black exclusion laws of Oregon’s provisional and territorial governments to the federal Oregon Donation Land Act (1850). The American settler colonists who immigrated to the Willamette Valley in the 1840s and 1850s arrived to find a sparse but multiethnic community with an uncertain future. Along with their possessions, the colonists brought longstanding national prejudices, legal codes, political divisions, and anxieties over the expansion of slavery into the West. They would repeatedly turn to the government (local, territorial, federal, and state) as a means to re-fashion Oregon into a white man’s country.
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
Kenneth R. Coleman teaches U.S. history at Portland Community College. His first book, Dangerous Subjects: James D. Saules and the Rise of Black Exclusion, won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction at the 2019 Oregon Book Awards.
Please note that this program is for educators only. This is part one of a three-workshop series; there will be 8 PDUs available by request after the completion of modules 1 and module 2 and participating in this guest presentation. After registering for module 1 (which you can do here), you will automatically be registered for module 2 and this guest presentation by Kenneth Coleman.
Educators are also invited to register here if they are interested in attending ONLY the guest speaker presentation with Kenneth Coleman; attendees will be eligible for 2 PDU credits.
- Wednesday, March 3, 3:30pm – 5:30pm: Module 1
- Thursday, March 24, 4pm – 5:30pm: Presentation by Kenneth Coleman
- Wednesday, April 7, 3:30pm – 5:30pm: Module 2
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and by the PGE Foundation.