Past Winners

Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winners

2015

Seventeenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Ada Ferrer, Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution

Finalists:

Ezra Greenspan, William Wells Brown: An African American Life

Michael Guasco, Slaves and Englishmen: Human Bondage in the Early Modern Atlantic World

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2014

Sixteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Christopher Hager, Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing

Finalists:

Camillia Cowling, Conceiving Freedom: Women of Color, Gender, and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro

Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832

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2013

Fifteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Sydney Nathans, To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker

Finalists:

Stephen Kantrowitz, More than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889

Brett Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous & Atlantic Slaveries in New France

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2012

Fourteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

James Sweet, Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World

Finalists:

Robin Blackburn, The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights

R. Blakeslee Gilpin, John Brown Still Lives: America’s Long Reckoning with Violence, Equality, and Change

Carla L. Peterson, Black Gotham: A Family History of Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City

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2011

Thirteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Stephanie McCurry, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South

Finalists:

Nicolas Draper, The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation, and British Society at the End of Slavery

Christina Snyder, Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America

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2010

Twelfth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winners:

Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff, In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World

Siddharth Kara, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

Finalists:

Robert E. McGlone, John Brown’s War Against Slavery

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2009

Eleventh Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Finalists:

Thavolia Glymph, Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household

Jacqueline Jones, Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War

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2008

Tenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Stephanie Smallwood, Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora

Finalists:

Anthony E. Kaye, Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South

Kristin Mann, Slavery and the Birth of an African City: Lagos, 1760-1900

Chandra Manning, What this Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War

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2007

Ninth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Christopher Leslie Brown, Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism

Finalists:

Matt D. Childs, The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle Against Atlantic Slavery

Cassandra Pybus, Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and their Global Quest for Freedom

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2006

Eighth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Rebecca J. Scott, Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba After Slavery

Finalists:

Steven Deyle, Carry Me Back: The Domestic Slave Trade in American Life

Richard Follett, The Sugar Masters: Planters and Slaves in Louisiana’s Cane World, 1820-1860

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2005

Seventh Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Laurent Dubois, A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804

Finalists:

Claude A. Clegg III, The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia

Melvin Patrick Ely, Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War

Robin Law, Ouidah: The Social History of a West African Slaving ‘Port’ 1727-1892

Shane White and Graham White, The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History through Songs, Sermons and Speech

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2004

Sixth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

Jean Fagan Yellin, Harriet Jacobs: A Life

Finalists:

Stephen Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration

James H. Sweet, Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African-Portuguese World, 1441-1770

John Wood Sweet, for Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, 1730-1830

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2003

Fifth Annual Frederick Douglass Book First Prize Winner:

Seymour Drescher, The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor versus Slavery in British Emancipation

Second Prize:

James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands

Honorable Mention:

Leslie M. Harris, In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863

Patrick Rael, Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North

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2002

The Fourth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Robert Harms, The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade

Second Prize ($10,000)

John Stauffer, The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race

Honorable Mention

Michael Salman, The Embarrassment of Slavery: Controversies over Bondage and Nationalism in the American Colonial Philippines

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2001

Third Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

David W. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

Special Commendation for:

The late Don E. Fehrenbacher, The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government’s Relations to Slavery

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2000

Second Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner:

David Eltis, The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas

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1999

First Prize: Ira Berlin Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery

Second Prize: Philip D. Morgan Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

First Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize Recipients:

Ira Berlin, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

Philip Morgan, Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

Finalists:

Julie Roy Jeffrey, The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement

Robert Olwell, Masters, Slaves, and Subjects: The Culture of Power in the South Carolina Low Country, 1740–1790

Amy Dru Stanley, From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation

Shane White and Graham White, Stylin’: African-American Expressive Culture, from Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit

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