Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Each year, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History awards the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, an annual award for the most outstanding non-fiction book in English on the subject of slavery, resistance, and/or abolition. The submission deadline typically is at the end of March.

Please note that works related to the Civil War are acceptable only if their primary focus relates to slavery or emancipation. Detailed submission information for books copyrighted in 2018 will be available in December, 2018. 


Yale announces the 20th Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Manisha Sinha, the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor in American History at the University of Connecticut, has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for her book “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition” (Yale University Press).

The Douglass Prize was created jointly by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University’s MacMillan Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City. It is awarded annually by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the best book written in English on slavery or abolition. The $25,000 prize will be presented to Sinha at a reception sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York City on February 22, 2018. 

In addition to Sinha, the other finalists for the prize were Alfred L. Brophy for “University, Court, and Slave: Pro-Slavery Thought in Southern Colleges and Courts and the Coming of Civil War” (Oxford University Press); Rashauna Johnson for “Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of Revolutions” (Cambridge University Press). All three books reflect original ideas, research, and methodological approaches to understanding the growth, breadth, and demise of slavery in North America. Full Press Release


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The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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The Gilder Lehrman Center is Supported by The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale