A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County
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A beautiful woman is branded with a hot iron by masked men at midnight. Bands of citizen vigilantes are asked to hunt down and shoot union agitators in the lumber mills. Bootleggers hide moonshine stills deep in the old growth woods. An airplane dragging a burning cross crashes onto the fairgrounds during a KKK rally.
Is this a Hollywood movie? No, this is Tillamook County, Oregon in the 1920s.
What secrets does this seemingly tranquil stretch of coastal paradise hold? Many are surprised to learn that dark trends of fear and intolerance have swept through the area like the cyclical forest fires that have raged in the nearby mountains. And, like the forest fires, the causes are difficult to pinpoint, and the remedy and prevention even more elusive.
Through close scrutiny of historical archives, period books and newspapers, personal interviews, and a rare trove of Tillamook Ku Klux Klan papers housed in the Special Collections Library at the University of Oregon, A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County seeks to avert future fires by exposing the roots of hatred and racism as deeply and accurately as possible.