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The Russians Were Coming – A History Essay

April 18, 2019

The Story of Two Forgotten Oregon Immigrant Colonies

Doukhobor children in Oregon

Members of a Russian sect called the Doukhobors or Spirit Wrestlers twice attempted to found utopian colonies near Eugene, Oregon, once in 1913 and a second time in 1924. What happened to them exposes a well-hidden story of culture clashes involving local landowners, county courts, the Quakers, and the Beaver State’s then flourishing Ku Klux Klan.

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