Cameron Addis is Professor of History at Austin Community College and Adjunct Instructor at American Military University. He lived in West Linn and Lake Oswego, Oregon, as a child and received his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Washington, where he studied Northwest history and Indian relations. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, where he specialized in early America. He is the author of Jefferson's Vision for Education (2003), which traces Jefferson's founding of the University of Virginia, the first secular college in western history. He has published articles on 18th-century astronomy and Kansas City Jazz.
The 1847 murders of frontier missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman near the confluence of the Columbia and Walla Walla Rivers brought the Oregon Territory under tighter American control and set off a chain of events that forced the Columbia Plateau Indians onto reservations. Waiilatpu, also known as the Whitman Mission, …