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 are pleased to announce the twenty-third annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, an annual award for the most outstanding non-fiction book in English copyrighted in the year 2021 on the subject of slavery, resistance, and/or abolition.

Beginning on January 14, 2022, we invite you to submit books that meet these criteria. The submission deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022.

Please note that works related to the Civil War are acceptable only if their primary focus relates to slavery or emancipation. Only books copyrighted in 2021 will be considered. For details on submission requirements, contact: gilder.lehrman.center@yale.edu with subject heading: FDBP 2022


Yale Announces 2021 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winners


Vincent Brown and Marjoleine Kars
November 23, 2021

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-third annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the African American experience. The 2021 Prize will be shared by two scholars. The co-winners are: 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).

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 Yale MacMillan Center, 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 Brown and Kars at an award ceremony sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York City on February 17, 2022.

In addition to Brown and Kars, the other finalist for the prize was Jessica Marie Johnson for “Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World” (University of Pennsylvania Press). All three books represent outstanding archival scholarship in Atlantic World history, with an emphasis on broad sites and forms of resistance to enslavement, reflecting the maturation of the field of slavery studies. Jury member Matthew Hopper noted that with the emphasis on the history of resistance to violence and oppression of people of African descent, these books “connect us to our contemporary moment.” 

Click here for the full announcement: https://glc.yale.edu/news/yale-announces-2021-frederick-douglass-book-prize-winners


Sponsored by

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