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The Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award

The Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award is given in recognition of a distinguished book in southern history published in even-numbered years and is awarded in odd-numbered years. It will next be awarded at the annual meeting in 2015 in Little Rock, AR, for a book published during 2014. Entries should be submitted to the committee members listed below before March 1, 2015.

Elizabeth R. Varon, Chair
Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, GA 22904

Jan Ellen Lewis
Dean's Office - Arts & Sciences
325 Hill Hall
Rutgersl University
Newark, NJ 07102-1801

Peter Wallenstein
Department of History
VPI & State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061

The 2013 Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award Winner

Joshua Rothman's Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson, published by the University of Georgia Press (2012).

Past Winners

1985 - Joel Williamson
The Crucible of Race: Black-White Relations in the American South Since Emancipation, Oxford University Press, 1984

1987 - Gavin Wright
Old South New South: Revolutions in the Southern Economy Since the Civil War, Basic Book, Inc., 1986

1989 - Eric Foner
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, Harper & Row, 1988

1991 - William W. Freehling
The Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854, Oxford University Press, 1990

1993 - Edward L. Ayers
Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction, Oxford University Press, 1992

1995 - Nancy MacLean
Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan, Oxford University Press, 1994

1997 - Thomas D. Morris
Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860, University of North Carolina Press, 1996

1999 - Ira Berlin (co-winner)
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America, Harvard University Press, 1998

Philip D. Morgan (co-winner)
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry, University of North Carolina Press, 1998

2001 - Ronald Hoffman (in collaboration with) Sally D. Mason
Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland: A Carroll Saga, 1500-1782, University of North Carolina Press, 2000

2003 - Sharla Fett
Working Cures: Healing, Health,and Power on Southern Slave Plantations, University of North Carolina Press, 2002

2005 - Michael O'Brien
Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860, University of North Carolina Press, 2004

2007 - Raymond Arsenault
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, Oxford University Press, 2006

2009 - Annette Gordon-Reed
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, W.W. Norton, 2008

2011 - Lorena S. Walsh
Motives of Honor, Pleasure, and Profit: Plantation Management in the Colonial Chesapeake, 1607-1763, UNC Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2010

 

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