Frederick Douglass Book Prize


2022 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Submissions

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will announce submission guidelines for the twenty-fourth annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize in January 2023. This is an annual award for the most outstanding non-fiction book in English on the subject of slavery, resistance, and/or abolition (copyright 2022).

Please note that works related to the Civil War are acceptable only if their primary focus relates to slavery or emancipation. For the 2023 award, only books copyrighted in 2022 will be considered.


Yale Announces 2022 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winners

Tiya Miles and Jennifer L. Morgan
November 16, 2022

New Haven, Conn.— Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition today has announced the winners for the twenty-fourth annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the slavery in world history. The 2022 Prize will be shared by two scholars. The co-winners are: Tiya Miles for “All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake” (Random House) and Jennifer L. Morgan for “Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship, and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic” (Duke University Press). Both of the winning books, noted Gilder Lehrman Center Director David Blight, use different scholarly approaches to examine “the complications and persistence of kinship within the commercial and social history of slavery in the Atlantic World.”

Jointly sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University, this annual prize recognizes the best book written in English on slavery, resistance, and/or abolition published in the preceding year. The $25,000 prize, shared by the two winners, will be presented to Miles and Morgan at an award ceremony sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute at Trinity Church in New York City on February 16, 2023.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute and Gilder Lehrman Center are pleased to celebrate these books as outstanding examples of scholarship and writing about slavery and its ongoing legacies. “All That She Carried,” Gilder Lehrman Institute President James Basker noted, is a “terribly important book that helps teachers, students, and the public at large care about history.” Review committee member Edward Rugemer, Associate Professor of History and of African American Studies at Yale, observed that “Reckoning with Slavery” is a book that “makes powerful arguments and will be read and debated for a very long time.”

Click here for the full announcement: https://glc.yale.edu/news/yale-announces-2022-frederick-douglass-book-prize-winners


 
Sponsored by
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
and
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


The Frederick Douglass Book Prize is made possible by a generous gift
from Gilder Lehrman Center supporter Daniel Pinkel,
Professor Emeritus  at the University of California San Francisco.


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