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The Salem Clique: Oregon's Founding Brothers

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During the decade of the 1850s, the Oregon Territory progressed toward statehood in an atmosphere of intense political passion and conflict. Editors of rival newspapers blamed a group of young men whom they named the "Salem Clique" for the bitter party struggles of the time. Led by Asahel Bush, editor of the Oregon Statesman, the Salem Clique was accused of dictatorship, c ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Oregon State University Press
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Stephanie Griffin
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't think anyone outside of Oregon would be interested in this book. I was disappointed in it anyway. Its about political men in the 1850s, arguing and insulting each other via newspapers and speeches. What would make this a better read would be to include more of the day-to-day things these politicians encountered in-between their bickering. It needs more color!
Lev Lazinskiy
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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Originally Posted on Tralev.
During the 19th Century, as cities across the United States grew rapidly, powerful political machines emerged to fill the void created by inefficient government. These machines, and their bosses, had complete control over the majority of the electorate and were able to significantly influence policy. In "Salem Clique: Oregon's Founding Brothers", Barbara Mahoney documents the rise of such a machine, known as "The Salem Clique" in the Oregon territory.

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Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Fascinating history. But at least one picture was mislabeled--page 21, John McLoughlin is identified as Jesse Applegate. That makes me cautious about the rest of the book, as McLoughlin is pretty well-known.
Rogue Reader
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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So much I did not know about Oregon's early history - the battle between the Oregon Statesmen and the Oregonian, Oregon's equivocal position on slavery, a hometown view of Joseph Lane. Mahoney's detailed and exhaustive research is presented in a blow by blow narrative of human courage and frailty.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting account of the early days of Oregon as it moved toward statehood. A little too detailed for me to give it a higher rating.
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