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Smith, Charles Z. (1927-2016)

Charles Z. Smith was the first African American and the first person of color to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court. He was appointed by Governor Booth Gardner (1936-2013) in 1988, and was th...

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Smith, Elmer (1888-1932)

Elmer Stuart Smith was a central figure in the Centralia Massacre that occurred on November 11, 1919. Smith had advised a group of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) members that they had a right t...

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Smith, Palmer "Snuffy" (1922-2004)

Palmer Smith, a Seattle lawyer for more than 40 years, was a passionate advocate for the rule of law, social justice, civil rights, and education. He saw government as the path to these goals. He and ...

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The Robinson Affair: a Spokane Doctor's Ordeal (1929)

Dr. Carl Schlicke, M.D., wrote this article about Spokane surgeon Dr. William Witten Robinson, M.D. (1897-1957), whose career and practice were almost destroyed in 1929 when he testified against anoth...

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Viretta Park (Seattle)

Viretta Park is located in the Denny Blaine neighborhood in Seattle and has elicited more attention, both locally and internationally, than its tiny size should warrant. The 1.8-acre site is on a stee...

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Wenatchee Witch Hunt: Child Sex Abuse Trials in Douglas and Chelan Counties

The Central Washington communities of Wenatchee, in Chelan County, and East Wenatchee, across the Columbia River in Douglas County, got world attention in 1994 and 1995, when they found themselves in ...

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West Coast Waterfront Strike of 1934

Along with every other major West Coast port, Seattle's harbor was paralyzed from May 9 to July 31, 1934, by one of the most important and bitter labor strikes of the twentieth century. The struggle p...

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World War II Japanese American Internment -- Seattle/King County

The bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7, 1941, set in motion a series of events and decisions that led to what has been called the worst violation of constitutional rights in American histo...

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WTO Meeting and Protests in Seattle (1999) -- Part 1

The Third Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), held in Seattle from November 30 to December 3, 1999, brought together trade ministers and other officials from the WTO's 135 me...

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WTO Meeting and Protests in Seattle (1999) -- Part 2

When Seattle elected officials and civic leaders won the bid to host the Third Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), they hoped to link Seattle's name to a new round of negotia...

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Youth Services Center Library, King County Library System

The King County Youth Services Center (YSC) in Seattle opened the first library to serve its resident youth population in 1972, following four years of planning. The effort to serve both incarcerated ...

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