Published In

Oregon Historical Quarterly

ISBN

0030-4727

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2019

Subjects

Overland journeys to the Pacific, Frontier and pioneer life -- Oregon, Oregon -- History, Colonization -- Oregon -- History, Land settlement -- Oregon -- History

Abstract

For too long, Oregon history has been captive to the mid-nineteenth-century’s rambling wagon trains. Settler stories of motivations, hardships, and achievements, preserved in diaries, letters, and memoirs, are compelling and deserving of the attention lavished on them. But more is necessary. Oregon’s Euro-Americans were intimately tied to national and international events that saw the rise of White, European colonial expansion into the colored word. Alongside that expansion was the development of a framework of domination, justified by claims of superiority and destiny, that conflated the ability to control with the right to do so. Placing Oregon history in this larger geopolitical context allows a more coherent understanding of what made Oregon what it became, and what that history has to do with the Oregon of today.

Description

© 2019 Oregon Historical Society.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/32501

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