The Vincent P. DeSantis Book Prize is awarded in odd-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period 1865-1920 published during the two years preceding the year of the award. It must be the author’s first book. The prize is given in honor of Vincent P. DeSantis, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, a distinguished historian of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Books written in English and published in the two years before the selection year are eligible. Authors or their publishers should send a copy of each nominated book to all three members of the prize committee. A letter of nomination postmarked no later than October 15 is acceptable, as long as the book itself follows shortly thereafter. For books published between October 15 and December 31 of the second eligible year, final page proofs may be substituted, but in such cases, a bound copy of the book must be provided to each committee member. If a book was published during the eligible period but carries a different copyright date, include a letter of explanation with each copy mailed to the committee members. Please note that in order to be eligible, the nominated work must be an author’s first book.
Winners of this prize are honored at the annual SHGAPE luncheon and will receive a certificate and an honorarium.
2019 DeSantis Prize Winner
Beth Lew Williams, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press, 2018)
2019 Honorable Mention
Joanna Dyl, Seismic City: An Environmental History of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake (University of Washington, 2017)
2017 DeSantis Prize Winner
Megan Birk, Fostering the Farm: Child Placement in the Rural Midwest (University of Illinois Press, 2015)
2017 Honorable Mention
Benjamin Coates, Legalist Empire: International Law and American Foreign Relations in the Early Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2016)
2015 DeSantis Prize Winner
Cara Caddoo, Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life (Harvard University Press, 2014)
2013 DeSantis Prize Winner
Julia C. Ott, When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investors’ Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2011)
2011 DeSantis Prize Winner
David Sussman, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press, 2009)
2009 DeSantis Prize Winner
David Andrews, Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War (Harvard University Press, 2008)
2009 Honorable Mention
Charles Postel, The Populist Vision (Oxford University Press, 2007)
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