Liberty Legacy Foundation Award

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The Liberty Legacy Foundation Award is an annual book award given by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The award goes to the best book written by a professional historian on the fights for civil rights in the United States anytime from 1776 to the present.[1] Dr. Darlene Clark Hine[2] challenged American historians to research and write on those civil rights episodes taking place in the United States before 1954 in her 2002 OAH presidential speech.[3] A committee of three OAH members, chosen by the OAH president, make the selection.[4] The winner receives $800.00. In the Award’s first year (2003) a winner and six “Finalists” were named. In 2004, two winners were named. In 2006, one winner and one “Honorable Mention” were named. In 2008, one winner and two “Finalists” were named.[5]

In the table below, the link on the “Author” is to the latest biographical site found. The link on the “Affiliation” is the author’s workplace at the time of the award.

Year Winner Affiliation Title
2003

Winner

J. Mills Thornton IIIbio University of Michigan Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma
2003

Finalist

Greta De Jongbio University of Nevada, Reno A Different Day: African American Struggles for Justice in Rural Louisiana, 1900-1970
2003

Finalist

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz independent scholar Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975
2003

Finalist

Barbara Mills Congress of Racial Equality, Baltimore "Got My Mind Set on Freedom" Maryland's Story of Black and White Activism, 1663-2000
2003

Finalist

Jerald E. Podairbio Lawrence University The Strike that Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis
2003

Finalist

Mark Robert Schneider University of Massachusetts Boston "We Return Fighting": The Civil Rights Movement in the Jazz Age
2003

Finalist

John D. Skrentnybio University of California, San Diego The Minority Rights Revolution
2004

Co-Winner

Robert Rodgers Korstadbio Duke University Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth Century South
2004

Co-Winner

Barbara Ransbybio University of Illinois at Chicago Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision
2005

Winner

Nikhil Pal Singhbio University of Washington Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy
2006

Winner

Matthew J. Countrymanbio University of Michigan Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia
2006

Honorable Mention

Emilye Crosbybio State University of New York, Geneseo A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi
2007

Winner

Thomas F. Jacksonbio University of North Carolina Greensboro From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Economic Justice
2008

Winner

Michael Honeybio University of Washington Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign
2008

Finalist

Kent Germanybio University of South Carolina New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship and the Search for a Great Society
2008

Finalist

Laurie Greenbio University of Texas, Austin Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle
2009

Winner

Chris Myers Aschbio U.S. Public Service Academy The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer
2010

Winner

Beryl Satterbio Rutgers University at Newark Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberty Legacy Foundation Award". The Organization of American Historians: Programs & Resources: OAH Awards and Prizes. The Organization of American Historians. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ Darlene Clark Hine Last viewed on March 9, 2011.
  3. ^ ”Black professionals and Race Consciousness: Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, 1890-1955” 2002 OAH Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony (April 12, 2002), p. 19. http://www.oah.org/activities/awards/2002/2002AwardsBooklet.pdf Last viewed on March 9, 2011
  4. ^ Award and Prize Committees Last viewed on March 9, 2011.
  5. ^ Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Last viewed on March 9, 2011.

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