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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Moscow

Idaho

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Don’t Know

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
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Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Asian

Comments

During a 1983 archeological dig in Moscow, ID, an elderly woman who had lived her entire life in the town reported that when she was a child in the 1900s, (approx. 1909) “cowboys” ran the Chinese population out of town. The Chinese population did not return until the 1920s.

However, there are signs of change. An email from July 2008 wrote, “Moscow is, as of July 2008, the only Idaho city that has joined the National League of Cities’ Inclusive Cities Partnership. It is home to the University of Idaho and generally considered one of the more liberal places in Idaho. But there’s no denying our state’s shameful treatment of Chinese miners during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”