The 1847 attack on the Whitmans horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards. Was killing the Whitmans justified legal retribution, an act of revenge, or some combination of both? The circumstances that surround this tragic event resonate with modern issues of cultural interaction and differing perspectives.
Retribution or Revenge?
Read Their Letters
Selected letters written by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman tell of their time as missionaries in Old Oregon.
Last updated: March 9, 2019