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Fallon House Talks – The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Troubled Life Of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California

Fallon House Talks are talks about San José’s cultural past, present and future, open to the public and reveal histories of people, businesses, technology, and politicians of the area.

PRESENTED BY:

History San José

Fallon House tour: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Talk and Book Signing with Author: R. Gregory Nokes: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

$15 General Admission

$8 History San José Members

The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California is the first, full-length biography of this western explorer and California’s first governor. A former slaveholder, he could never seem to get beyond his single-minded goal of banning blacks and other minorities from the West.

Peter Burnett helped organize the first major wagon train to the Oregon Country, where he served on Oregon’s first elected government and was Oregon’s first supreme court judge. He opened a wagon road from Oregon to California, and worked with the young John Sutter to develop the new city of Sacramento. Within a year of arriving in California, voters overwhelmingly elected him as their first governor. He also served on the California Supreme Court, remembered for a notoriously racist decision in the Archy Lee slavery case.

Burnett resigned from many of his important positions, including the governorship, where he was widely perceived a failure. Historians, scholars and readers with an interest in western history will welcome this accessible and deeply researched account of this puzzling historical figure.

Also by R. Gregory Nokes:

Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory

Massacred for Gold: THe Chinese in Hells Canyon

For tour dates, visit: http://gregnokes.com/events/

Learn about R. Gregory Nokes at: http://gregnokes.com/

Fallon House Talks are talks about San José’s cultural past, present and future, open to the public and reveal histories of people, businesses, technology, and politicians of the area.

Come join us for Fallon House Talks!

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Date:
September 20
Time:
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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http://fallonhousetalks.eventbrite.com

Organizer

History San José
Phone:
408.287.2290
Website:
www.historysanjose.org

Venue

Thomas Fallon House, Lower Level
175 W. Saint John Street
San Jose, CA 95110 United States
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