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The Chinese in Hells Canyon
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Massacred For Gold
The Chinese in Hells Canyon

By R. Gregory Nokes
2009, 208 pages, Paperback.

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In 1887, more than thirty Chinese gold miners were massacred on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. Massacred for Gold, the first authoritative account of the unsolved crime, unearths the evidence that points to an improbable gang of seven rustlers and schoolboys, one only fifteen, as the killers.

Massacred for Gold traces the author's long personal journey to expose details of the massacre and its aftermath, and to understand how one of the worst of the many crimes committed by whites against Chinese laborers in the American West was for so long lost to history.

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"Sadly, it took more than one hundred years for someone to give this massacre the relentless attention and indignation it has always deserved, but Greg Nokes has finally done it. There was no justice for the Hells Canyon killers, and there is no lasting monument to the innocent victims, but this honorable book offers the solace that comes with the pursuit of the truth."
-Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide and Border Songs

"Greg Nokes' diligent and persistent historical research creates in Massacred for Gold both a local and national context for the murder of thirty-some Chinese men near Deep Creek, Oregon in the spring of 1887. It also makes clear why all the young murderers went free. Nokes describes two tragedies then, one of rapacity, the other of a community's willful denial of its past. Nokes' book, therefore, is an act of citizenship as much as it is a commendable work of history."
-Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and editor of Home Ground

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Background on R. Gregory Nokes

R. Gregory Nokes traveled the world as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press and the Oregonian. His reporting has resulted in a formal designation of the massacre site as Chinese Massacre Cove. He earned a BA from the Willamette University and attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow. Greg and his wife, Candise, lives in West Linn, Oregon.

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