Frederick Douglass Book Prize

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

Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition has announced the winners for the twenty-third annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize. The 2021 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).

The co-winners will be presented with their awards at a virtual ceremony on February 17, 2022. To register for this event, click here

2020 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner

The 2020 winner of the prize is Sophie White for 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). White is Professor of American Studies, Concurrent Professor in the Departments of Africana Studies, History, and Gender Studies, and Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The award was presented to White in an online celebration on February 23, 2021.

 

Submissions

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 first publication date between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, are eligible for consideration for the 2022 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. Entries will be accepted from January through March of 2022. For further details on submission requirements, please contact: gilder.lehrman.center@yale.edu with the subject heading: FDBP 2022.


Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winners

2021
Vincent Brown
Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)

Marjoleine Kars
Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press)

2020
Sophie White
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)

2019
Amy Murrell Taylor
Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (University of North Carolina Press)

2018
Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (37Ink/Atria Books)

Tiya Miles
The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits (The New Press)

2017
Manisha Sinha

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press)

2016
Jeff Forret

Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South (Louisiana State University Press)

2015
Ada Ferrer

Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge University Press)

2014
Christopher Hager
Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing (Harvard University Press)

2013
Sydney Nathans
To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker (Harvard University Press)

2012
James Sweet
Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press)

2011
Stephanie McCurry
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Harvard University Press)

2010
Judith A. Carney & Richard Nicholas Rosomoff
In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World (University of California Press)

Siddharth Kara
Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (Columbia University Press)

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

2008
Stephanie E. Smallwood
Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora (Harvard University Press)

2007
Christopher Leslie Brown
Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and University of North Carolina Press)

2006
Rebecca J. Scott
Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery (Harvard University Press)

2005
Laurent Dubois
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)

2004
Jean Fagan Yellin
Harriet Jacobs: A Life (Basic Civitas Books)

2003
Seymour Drescher
The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor versus Slavery in British Emancipation (Oxford University Press)

2002
Robert W. Harms
The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade (Basic Books)

2001
David W. Blight
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (Harvard University Press)

2000
David Eltis
The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas (Cambridge University Press)

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

 

 

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