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Oregon Book Award Winner: Dangerous Subjects

April 29, 2019

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Congratulations to OSU Press author Kenneth R. Coleman!


His first book, Dangerous Subjects: James D. Saules and The Rise of Black Exclusion in Oregon, won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction at the 2019 Oregon Book Awards.

Dangerous Subjects examines the history of black exclusion in Oregon through the story of James D. Saules, a black sailor who was shipwrecked off the Oregon coast in 1841. Coleman follows Saules’ story as he settles in Oregon and is faced with mounting dangers and racism from white settlers and the government as Oregon Trail emigrants arrive in the region.


In this interview with OSU Press, Coleman speaks more about why he chose to share this history through the eyes of a historical figure, and the impact he hopes this book will have.

Get your copy of Dangerous Subjects here!

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