After the Constitutional Convention

About the images—top to bottom: westward progress, U.S. House members, reform newspaper, farmer, Oregon locomotive.

The work of creating a new state was far from complete when the final gavel fell at the Oregon Constitutional Convention of 1857. The Oregon voters and the Congress had the final say. Once ratified, the constitution guided the state through the choppy waters of the late 1800s. By 1902 the time to amend its words had long since arrived.

Oregon ratifies the constitution
Statehood survives the congressional morass
Politics in the new state of Oregon
Oregon social life and minorities after statehood
Oregon railroads in the late 1800s
Oregon economic mainstays in the late 1800s
Forging the Oregon constitutional amendment process
Oregon constitutional amendments over the decades
Comparisons with other state constitutions

About the images—top to bottom: westward progress, U.S. House members, reform newspaper, farmer, Oregon locomotive.

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