In partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, the Institute awards an annual prize of $25,000 for an outstanding non-fiction book in English published on the subject of slavery, resistance, and/or abolition. The prize was first awarded in 1999 to Ira Berlin and Philip Morgan.
2021 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Co-Winners
The twenty-third annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize will be shared by two scholars: Vincent Brown for Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press) and Marjoleine Kars for Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press).
Vincent Brown is Charles Warren Professor of American History and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University where he directs the History Design Studio and teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery in the Americas.
Marjoleine Kars is a professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she teaches courses in early American history, Atlantic history, and women’s history, and where she served as chair of the history department from 2011 to 2018.
The co-winners were presented with their awards at a virtual ceremony on February 17, 2022.
We are interested in all geographical areas and time periods. Please note that works related to the Civil War are acceptable only if their primary focus relates to slavery or emancipation. Publishers and authors are invited to submit books that meet these criteria.
Books with a copyright date between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, are eligible for consideration for the 2023 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. Entries will be accepted from January through March of 2023. For further details on submission requirements, please contact: email@example.com with the subject heading: FDBP 2023.
Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winners
Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press)
Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press)
Amy Murrell Taylor
Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (University of North Carolina Press)
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (37Ink/Atria Books)
The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (The New Press)
The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press)
Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South (Louisiana State University Press)
Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge University Press)
Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing (Harvard University Press)
To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker (Harvard University Press)
Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press)
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Harvard University Press)
Judith A. Carney & Richard Nicholas Rosomoff
In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World (University of California Press)
Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (Columbia University Press)
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W. W. Norton)
Stephanie E. Smallwood
Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora (Harvard University Press)
Christopher Leslie Brown
Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and University of North Carolina Press)
Rebecca J. Scott
Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery (Harvard University Press)
A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787–1804 (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and University of North Carolina Press)
Jean Fagan Yellin
Harriet Jacobs: A Life (Basic Civitas Books)
The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor versus Slavery in British Emancipation (Oxford University Press)
Robert W. Harms
The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade (Basic Books)
David W. Blight
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (Harvard University Press)
The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas (Cambridge University Press)
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (Harvard University Press)
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