Prizes & Awards

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 1865-1920. 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.

Books written in English and published in the previous two years are eligible. Edited volumes and collections are not eligible. Books translated into English are eligible if they meet the other criteria for the prize. 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 October 1 in odd-numbered years. Books published after the submission deadline but before the end of the second calendar year may be submitted in the following round, with an accompanying explanatory letter.

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


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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