During the Constitutional Convention

About the images—top to bottom: jury members, gold miners, female factory workers, Oregon map, The Dalles buildings.

Sixty men gathered in the courthouse in Salem to take an important step in the direction of statehood for Oregon. But what kind of state would Oregon be? How would it develop economically? And who would they exclude from its future? These questions would be central to the debates that began on that historic August day in 1857.

About the convention delegates
An overview of the convention process
Exploring the limits of debate
Defining the role of the judicial branch
Executive and legislative branch issues
Boundaries, a capital, and education
The trouble with corporations
Debating religion and voting rights
Pervasive issues of race

About the images—top to bottom: jury members, gold miners, female factory workers, Oregon map, The Dalles buildings.

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