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July 2020

Amplifying Underrepresented Voices

The Independence Day holiday just past offers a sober reminder that, for many Americans, the founding ideals of liberty, justice, and equality remain just that: ideals. In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and the sustained, international protests that have continued ever since, we at OSU Press are more conscious than ever of our mission to amplify underrepresented voices through the books we publish. We are deeply grateful to the authors and communities who entrust their stories to us, as well as to all the readers who understand that knowledge is a powerful antidote to racism. From now through the end of August, we're offering 30% off and free shipping through our website on a selection of books that illuminate the experiences of marginalized communities in Oregon and beyond. Enter the promo code AMPLIFY at checkout to obtain the discount.


Asserting Native Resilience

Zoltán Grossman and Alan Parker, editors
Gathers together perspectives on Indigenous responses to the climate crisis, reflecting the voices of more than twenty contributors, including Indigenous leaders and Native and non-Native scientists, scholars, and activists from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Alaska, and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
List price: $24.95 / sale price: $17.47

At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859
Melinda Marie Jetté
This history of French Prairie in the mid-Willamette Valley provides a window into the multi-racial history of the Pacific Northwest and offers an alternative vision of early Oregon in the lives of the biracial French-Indian families whose community challenged notions of white supremacy, racial separation, and social exclusion.
List price: $22.95 / sale price: $16.07

Black Woman in Green: Gloria Brown and the Unmarked Trail to Forest Service Leadership
Gloria D. Brown and Donna L. Sinclair
An urban African American woman rises from clerical worker to leader in the USDA Forest Service of the twentieth century West. Along the way, she faces personal and agency challenges to become the first black female forest supervisor in the United States.
List price: $19.95 / sale price: $13.97

Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in Oregon
R. Gregory Nokes
Tells the story of the only slavery case ever adjudicated in Oregon courts—Holmes v. Ford—shedding light on a somber part of Pacific Northwest history and bringing the story of slavery in Oregon to a broader audience.
List price: $19.95 / sale price: $13.97


The Color of Night: Race, Railroaders, and
Murder in the Wartime West
Max G. Geier
When a black trainman was wrongfully accused of murdering a white woman on a train in rural Oregon, the ensuing investigation and sensational trial galvanized civil rights activists, labor organizers, and community leaders into challenging Oregon's death penalty.
List price: $24.95 / sale price: $17.47

Dangerous Subjects: James D. Saules and the Rise of Black Exclusion in Oregon 
Kenneth R. Coleman 
Winner of the Oregon Book Award, Dangerous Subjects describes the life and times of James D. Saules, a black sailor who was shipwrecked off the coast of Oregon in 1841 and who inspired and later had to contend with a web of black exclusion laws designed to deny Black people citizenship, mobility, and land.
List price: $19.95 / sale price: $13.97

A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Collaboration in Indigenous Research 
Jay T. Johnson and Soren C. Larsen, editors 
These stories, essays, and reflections offer insights into the challenges and rewards encountered by geographers—both Native and non-Native—in their academic and personal approaches to research when working collaboratively with Indigenous communities. 
List price: $22.95 / sale price: $16.07

Embracing a Western Identity: Jewish Oregonians, 1849-1950 
Ellen Eisenberg 
Historian Ellen Eisenberg places Jewish history in the larger context of western narratives, challenging the traditional view that the "authentic" North American Jewish experience stems from New York. 
List price: $24.95 / sale price: $17.47


A Force for Change: Beatrice Morrow Cannady and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Oregon, 1912-1936

Kimberley Mangun
The first full-length study of the life and work of one of Oregon’s most dynamic civil rights activists, African American journalist Beatrice Morrow Cannady.
List price: $24.95 / sale price: $17.47

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Drawing on her experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of Indigenous ways of knowing.
List price: $18.95 / sale price: $13.27

Giving Back: Research and Reciprocity in Indigenous Settings
R. D. K. Herman, editor
This collection of essays addresses the need for reciprocity in the research process, especially in regard to Indigenous communities.
List price: $29.95 / sale price: $20.97

The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute
Clifford E. Trafzer, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, and Lorene Sisquoc, editors
Focused on an off-reservation Indian boarding school, this collection of writings and images shares the fascinating story of the Sherman Institute through the voices of its students.
List price: $24.95 / sale price: $17.47


The Jewish Oregon Story: 1950-2010

Ellen Eisenberg
This richly detailed history demonstrates how Jewish Oregonians contributed to and were shaped by the “Oregon Story,” a political shift that fueled the state's emerging reputation for progressivism and sustainability.
List price: $24.95 / sale price: $17.47

Jumptown: The Golden Years of Portland Jazz, 1942-1957
Robert Dietsche
A fascinating blend of music, politics, and social history, Jumptown sheds light on a time and place overlooked by histories of Portland and jazz, for the first time collecting hundreds of pieces of local jazz history to create "an anatomy of a jazz village."
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Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides
Mehana Blaich Vaughan
An important contribution to scholarship in the fields of natural resource management, geography, Indigenous Studies, and Hawaiian Studies, Kaiāulu is a skillfully written and deeply personal tribute to a community based not on ownership, but reciprocity, responsibility, and caring for the places that shape and sustain us all.
List price: $19.95 / sale price: $13.97

Legends of the Northern Paiute: As Told by Wilson Wewa
compiled and edited and with an introduction by James A. Gardner
Includes 21 legends of the Northern Paiutes as told by Wilson Wewa, historian and spiritual leader of the Northern Paiutes on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.
List price: $19.95 / sale price: $13.97



Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon

R. Gregory Nokes
Examines the once-substantial presence of Chinese laborers in the interior Pacific Northwest, describing why they came, how their efforts contributed to the region's development, and how too often mistreatment and abuse were their only reward.
List price: $19.95 / sale price: $13.27

Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives
Erlinda V. Gonzales-Berry and Marcela Mendoza
Reveals the stories and lives of Mexicanos in Oregon: why migrants come to Oregon fields, construction sites, and warehouses, what their experiences are when they settle here, and how they adapt to life in the United States.
List price: $22.95 / sale price: $16.07

My Life, by Louis Kenoyer: Reminiscences of a Grand Ronde Reservation Childhood
Louis Kenoyer, Henry Zenk, and Jedd Schrock

A rare, first-person narrative by the last known speaker of Tualatin Northern Kalapuya, discussing life on an Oregon reservation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
List price: $35.00 / sale price: $24.50

Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism
Natchee Blu Barnd
Explores how Indigenous communities and individuals sustain and create geographies through place-naming, everyday cultural practices, and artistic activism, within the boundaries of the settler colonial nation of the United States.
List price: $24.95 / sale price: $17.47



Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader

Avel Louise Gordly with Patricia A. Schechter

Recounts the personal and professional journey of Avel Gordly, the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate.
List price: $18.95 / sale price: $13.27

Salmon Is Everything: Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed, Second Edition
Theresa May with Suzanne Burcell, Kathleen McCovery, Marta Lu Clifford, Jean O’Hara, and Kirby Brown
Simultaneously illuminates the logistics of a crisis in the third largest watershed in the Pacific Northwest and documents what happened when one community decided to use art to amplify the experiences of its members.
List price: $19.95 / sale price: $13.97

Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon
Glenn Anthony May
This biography of Oregon’s leading Mexican American activist also tells the broader story of the state’s Mexican American community during the 1960s and 1970s, a story in which Sonny Montes had an important part.
List price: $24.95 / sale price: $17.47

Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family
Lauren Kessler

The Yasuis family story seemed like the American immigrant dream come true — until December 7, 1941, changed their lives forever and they found themselves among the 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry along the West Coast who were forced from their homes and interned in vast inland internment camps.
List price: $19.95 / sale price: $13.97


To Win the Indian Heart: Music at Chemawa Indian School

Melissa D. Parkhurst 
Records the history of the Chemawa Indian School's musical life, exploring the crucial role music was meant to play in the total transformation of Indian children, and the cultural recovery and resiliency it often inspired instead. 
List price: $22.95 / sale price: $16.07

Enter the promo code AMPLIFY at checkout for 30% off and free shipping. Valid through August 31, 2020.
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