The modern revival of the State of Jefferson did not begin with Brian Petersen and his friends as a response to "the Klamath water war" in the 1990s. In the early 1980s, a group of back-to-the-land bioregionalists promoted the State of Jefferson through Siskiyou Country, a monthly journal distributed throughout northwest California and southwest Oregon. Even earlier in the 1980s, a group of anthropologists and archaeologists sought to revive interest in Jefferson by naming their annual regional conference after it. It was that group that created the first State of Jefferson bumper sticker with the double X seal later adopted by Petersen and his friends.
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