Breaking Chains

R. Gregory Nokes talked about his book, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, in which he looks at the only slavery case ever… read more

R. Gregory Nokes talked about his book, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, in which he looks at the only slavery case ever adjudicated in Oregon courts. Missouri slaves Robin and Polly Holmes and their children were brought to Oregon in 1844 by Nathaniel Ford, an influential settler and legislator. They were promised their freedom in exchange for helping Ford develop his Willamette Valley farm. Robin and Polly were freed in 1850 however, Ford refused to free their children. Robin Holmes took Nathaniel Ford to court and won the case in 1853.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2014 LCV Cities Tour” in Salem, Oregon, from February 3-6 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. close

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Breaking Chains

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Program ID:
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Category:
Interview
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Interview
Location:
Rickreall, Oregon, United States
First Aired:
Mar 01, 2014 | 12:19pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Mar 02, 2014 | 9:46am EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Mar 01, 2014 | 12:19pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 02, 2014 | 9:46am EST | C-SPAN 2
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