The George Washington Prize is a $50,000 award co-sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Founded in 2005, the prize recognizes the year’s best works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.
The 2022 prizewinner is Bruce A. Ragsdale for Washington at the Plow: The Founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press). He was honored at a ceremony held at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home in Virginia, on May 25, 2022. The event also recognized past winners: 2021 winner Mary Beth Norton for 1774: The Long Year of Revolution and 2020 winner Rick Atkinson for The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777.
Submissions for the 2023 George Washington Prize must have a date of first publication between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.
Deadline for submission is December 31, 2022.
Please submit five copies of the book plus author and editor contact information to:
George Washington Prize
Fred W. Smith National Library
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
For more information on the George Washington Prize, contact:
Stephen McLeod, Director of Library Programs
George Washington Prize Winners
Bruce A. Ragsdale
Washington at the Plow: The Founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
Mary Beth Norton
1774: The Long Year of Revolution (Knopf)
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777 (Henry Holt)
Colin G. Calloway
The Indian World of George Washington (Oxford University Press)
Kevin J. Hayes
George Washington: A Life in Books (Oxford University Press)
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking)
The Washingtons: George and Martha, “Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love” (Knopf)
Hamilton: An American Musical
An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America (Knopf)
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy
The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (Yale University Press)
George Washington: Gentleman Warrior (Quercus)
Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Knopf)
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787–1788 (Simon & Schuster)
Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (Random House)
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton)
The Slave Ship: A Human History (Viking)
Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster)
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (Henry Holt and Company)
Alexander Hamilton (Penguin Press)
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