May 11, 2015--SAH Honors Four Authors for Literary Distinction in Historical Writing

At its annual dinner in New York on May 11, the Society of American Historians honored historical writing of exceptional literary merit.

The 8th annual Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for distinguished writing in American history of enduring public significance, given jointly with the Roosevelt Institute, was presented to David Levering Lewis.

The 58th annual Francis Parkman Prize for nonfiction was given to Danielle Allen for Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (Liveright/W.W. Norton).

The 12th biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction was awarded to Jacinda Townsend for Saint Monkey (W.W. Norton).

The 55th annual Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize was presented to Justin Leroy, a recent Ph.D. graduate of New York University, for his dissertation “Empire and the Afterlife of Slavery: Black Anti-Imperialisms of the Long Nineteenth Century.”