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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History - Surge of Confederate refugees made big changes in Oregon politics

 

July 11, 2019

Image: Archive ORG

This illustration from the Feb. 18, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly shows celebration breaking out in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 13th Amendment was passed.

The urban-rural divide in Oregon is something that's gotten quite a bit of press recently, after a group of Republicans left the state to deny a quorum for a bill they opposed.

But it's a problem that's been around, in Oregon, since well before the place even became a state. And it probably hit its high-water mark in 1868, just three years after the Civil War – when an insurgent majority from the rural party actually voted to renounce the 14th Amendment to the Constitution – the one that guarantees equal protection under the law to all citizens, and establishes automatic birthright citi...



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