Frederick Douglass Prize

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The Frederick Douglass Book Prize is awarded annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at Yale University.

It is a $25,000 award for the most outstanding non-fiction book in English on the subject of slavery, abolition or antislavery movements.[1]

List of recipients[edit]

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

Year Author Title
2016 Jeff Forret Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South
2015 Ada Ferrer Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution
2014 Christopher Hager Word By Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing
2013 Sydney Nathans To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker
2012 James Sweet Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World
2011 Stephanie McCurry Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South
2010 Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World
Second Prize
Siddharth Kara Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
2009 Annette Gordon-Reed The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
2008 Stephanie E. Smallwood Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora
2007 Christopher Leslie Brown Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism
2006 Rebecca J. Scott Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery
2005 Laurent Dubois A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean[2]
2004 Jean Fagan Yellin Harriet Jacobs: A Life
2003 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
2002 Robert Harms The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
Second Prize
John Stauffer The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race[3]
2001 David Blight Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
2000 David Eltis The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas
1999 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


  1. ^ "Frederick Douglass Book Prize | The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition". Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  2. ^ Nhu Vien Thi Nguyen (December 5, 2005). "Interview with Laurent Dubois, Winner of the $25,000 Frederick Douglass Book Prize". Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Two Frederick Douglass Prize Winners". the New York Times. September 26, 2002. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 

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