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01/22/2015 10:06 am ET Updated Jan 22, 2015

Oregon Was Founded As A Racist Utopia

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When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon's founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the American west.

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