The William F. Holmes
In honor of Will Holmes's fifteen years of service
as Secretary-Treasurer of the SHA, the Executive Council
created the William F. Holmes Award, to be presented
every year for the best paper presented at the annual meeting
by a graduate student or junior faculty member (anyone who received
his or her Ph.D. within three years of the time of presentation).
Papers to be presented at the meeting
in St. Pete are eligible for the prize. To be considered, papers should be submitted via e-mail to Sheree Dendy no later than October 1,
The paper should be no longer than fifteen pages of text and
must be in the same form as will be delivered at the annual
meeting. Each entry should have a cover sheet, which includes
the author's name, the paper title, and the institution for
the Ph.D. with the expected month/year of graduation, or the
month/year when the Ph.D. was received. A committee appointed
by the president of the SHA will choose the winning paper, which
will be announced at the St. Pete meeting and its author presented
with a cash award.
2015 William F. Holmes Award Winner
Jeremy B. Zallen's paper entitled "Dungeons and Dragons: Slavery, Industry, and Modernity in Antebellum Coal-Gas Mines"
2000 - Scott Stephan
"Re-Creating Conversion: An Examination of Domestic Devotion in the
2001 - Gavin James Campbell
"'A Pure and Persistent Anglo-Saxon Lineage': Race and Old Time
Fiddling in Atlanta, 1913-1925"
2002 - Bethany L. Johnson
"'To Understand the South as She Was': The Southern History Association
and the Troubled Transition to Scientific History, 1896-1907"
2003 - Judkin Browning
"Conflicting Visions of Freedom and Civilization: Forging New Identities
in Beaufort, NC, during the Civil War"
2004 - Edward Rugemer
"Robert Monroe Harrison, British Abolition, Southern Anglophobia
and Texas Annexation"
2005 - Chandra Manning
"Voting with their Fear: Confederate Soldiers and the 1864 North Carolina
2006 - Benjamin E. Wise
"Traveling South: Will Percy in the World"
2007 - David Silkenat
"'By His Own Hand': Suicide in Nineteenth Century North Carolina"
2008 - Robert E. Luckett
"Ole Miss and Radical Reconstruction From James Silver to the Meredith
2009 - Ben Schiller
"Selling Themselves: Slavery, Self-Promotion and the Path of Least Resistance"
2010 - Joseph Abel
"'Our Grievance Procedure Operates on Facts, Not Color': White Unions and Black Workers in the Aircraft Industry of Texas"
2011 - Jennifer Oast
"An Education in Oppression: Students, Slaves, and Violence on Virginia College Campuses"
2012 - Scott Huffard
"Creating the 'Main Line of Mid-America': The Illinois Central Railroad in the South, 1878-1888"
2013 - Alix Lerner
"Discarded Chattel: Old Slaves, Public Resources, and the Legal Complexities of Burdensome Property"
2014 - Paul Mokrzycki
"Green Ribbons, White Flight, Black Bodies: Race, Region, and the Atlanta Youth Murders"