Bridging the River: A History of Housing Discrimination in Eugene, Oregon
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The story of Tent City is one of harsh treatment of African Americans who were migrating to Eugene, Oregon in the 1940s. It is a story of descrimination and racism in the West where these issues were not as visible as they were in the South. It is a story of a settlement built of scrap lumber on the muddy floodplain of the Willamette River, held together by a stong sense of community and a faith in a better future. This paper that further develops the story of this community as well as the larger issue of housing descrimination in Eugene at the time.