We are delighted to welcome the following scholars, independent writers, journalists, and public historians as newly elected Fellows of the Society of American Historians:
Jonathan Alter Kurt Andersen Emily Bernard Daina Ramey Berry Vincent Brown Crystal Feimster David Grann David Gutierrez Madeline Hsu Ibram X. Kendi Malinda Maynor Lowery Megan Kate Nelson Viet Thanh Nguyen Claire Potter Claudio Saunt Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Elizabeth Varon Kevin Young
The Society is delighted to announce that Andrew Delbanco has been elected president of the Society, succeeding Megan Marshall; Annette Gordon-Reed is our new Vice President. They will assume office in May after the announcement of our 2021 prizes.
April 30, 2020--We are delighted to announce that Megan Marshall has been elected president of the Society, succeeding Alice Kessler-Harris; Andrew Delbanco is our new vice president. They will assume office in June after the announcement of our 2020 prizes.
April 30, 2020--We are delighted to welcome the following scholars, independent writers, journalists, and public historians as newly elected Fellows of the Society of American Historians:
Carol Anderson Lewis Bateman Gordon Chang Ariela Gross Nikole Hannah-Jones Saidiya Hartman John Judis Ira Katznelson Ari Kelman Kevin Kruse Mae Ngai Valerie Paley Kimberly Phillips-Fein Susan Quinn Barbara Ransby David Roediger Richard Rothstein Richard Norton Smith Brent Staples
With heavy hearts we share the news of the death of Tony Horwitz, who died in Washington, DC, on May 27th. Tony was our president from 2016 to 2017. But for years, he lent his gifts as a historian to the SAH, bringing the Society the exuberance, warmth, curiosity and wit that transformed his own historical work into a high-stakes intellectual endeavor.
The 62nd annual Francis Parkman Prize is awarded to David W. Blight for Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster).
Blight has written a biography of a “radical patriot,” who was both a fierce critic of his country and an ardent proponent of its values. This sweeping biography of one of the most complex figures in American history seems destined to be a classic of the genre.
The 14th SAH Prize for Historical Fiction is awarded to Tommy Orange for There There (Alfred A. Knopf.)
There There is a riveting read from beginning to end. It begins with a meditation on the violence and expropriation at the heart of our national romance of expansion, and takes us into a more recent time when the occupation of Alcatraz Island by Native activists leads to events that culminate years later, at the Oakland Pow Wow.