Sarah L. Sanderson’s book on the impact of Oregon’s anti-Black exclusion laws is due out in Fall 2023 by WaterBrook Press. A freelance writer, she has published at outlets such as Christianity Today, The Other Journal, The Unmooring, Fathom, Motherly, and others. She also teaches writing, public speaking, and U.S. history to 2nd through 12th grade students at Alliance Charter Academy in Oregon City, Oregon. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University, a Master in Teaching from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of English and Philosophy from Wheaton College in Illinois.
Jacob Vanderpool was the only person known to have been legally expelled from Oregon on the basis of its anti-Black exclusion laws. Born in the West Indies in 1820, Vanderpool was classified in court documents as “mulatto,” likely the descendant of a Dutch plantation owner … Read MoreJacob Vanderpool (1820-188?)