|Too much "empire," not enough democracy|
Before the vandalism, Library of Congress
|Laments about vandalism at the Capitol|
erase costs of "Empire building"
|The selection of "Guidance of Youth" in Bush Park involved|
explicitly an exclusionary determination
about "true Americans" and "real Westerners"
In a separate history column, we lose sight of Asahel Bush, his newspaper, and other institutional voices. Because of the way Bush is lionized here, one of our biggest challenges is to see his full legacy and the ways he shaped Salem institutions, in some important ways for worse rather than for better. If we celebrate Rev. Obed, as we should, we should also note the racist politics of Asahel Bush and in his newspapering, which contributed to Dickinson's removal. The racism wasn't just some mysterious process, but was fomented by our founder figure.
|The passive "issues came to a head" erases Asahel Bush's agitation|
(See "Obed Dickinson and the 'Negro Question' in Salem,"
Oregon Historical Quarterly, Spring 1991)
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