Presidents’ Book Prize

Presidents’ Book Prize

The Presidents’ Book Prize is awarded in even-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period 1865-1920s. It must be the author’s second or subsequent scholarly book.  The prize is given in honor of the past presidents of SHGAPE.  The inaugural award was offered in 2018.

Winners of this prize are honored at the annual SHGAPE luncheon and receive a certificate and an honorarium.

Authors or their publishers should send a published copy of each nominated book to all three members of the prize committee by the postmark deadline of September 15, 2021.  Books published after the submission deadline but before the end of 2021 may be submitted in the following round (2023), with an accompanying explanatory letter. Edited volumes and collections are not eligible. Books translated into English are eligible if they meet other criteria for the prize.

Please send submissions to:

Andrew Huebner (Committee Chair)
History Department
The University of Alabama
350 Marrs Spring Rd.
Box 870212
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Kevin Murphy
1933 Humboldt Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Jeannette Eileen Jones
939 Delaware Avenue
Unit 304
Buffalo, New York 14209


2020 Presidents’ Book Prize Winner
Andrew Huebner, Love and Death in the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2018)

2018 Presidents’ Book Prize Winner
Janet M. Davis, The Gospel of Kindness: Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2016)

2018 Honorable Mention
Benjamin Heber Johnson, Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era Conservation (Yale University Press, 2017)

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