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"Black Exclusion and the 1858 Exodus to British Columbia"

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Virtual Event

Eugene History Pub Talks presents:

“Black Exclusion and the 1858 Exodus to British Columbia: African Americans’ Search for Civil Rights in Oregon, California and the British Empire” with Stacey Smith, associate professor of history, Oregon State University.

Stacey Smith specializes in the history of the North American West, with a particular emphasis on race relations, labor, and politics during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. She teaches courses on the American West and the Civil War and Reconstruction as well as the US history survey.

Smith’s book, Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), won the inaugural David Montgomery award in US labor and working-class history from the Organization of American Historians and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. She has also published her work in the Pacific Historical Review, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, and the Journal of the Civil War Era and has written for the New York Times and the Black

Her newest book project, An Empire for Freedom, explores African Americans’ migrations to the Pacific Coast in the middle of the nineteenth century and their struggle for equality in the US’s expanding continental empire.

Live via Zoom (RSVP at

This event is cosponsored by the University of Oregon Department of History, Lane County History Museum, and Viking Braggot Company. Free to attend and open to the public.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Free, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Listen.Learn.Act


College of Arts & Sciences, History

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Alumni



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