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Each year the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition presents the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, an annual award for the most outstanding nonfiction book in English on the subject of slavery and/or abolition and antislavery movements. Publishers and authors are invited to submit books that meet these criteria. We are interested in all geographical areas and time periods. Please note, however, that works related to the Civil War are acceptable only if their primary focus relates to slavery or emancipation.

Nominations for books copyrighted in 2014 are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015. To receive instructions on how to submit a book, please contact the Gilder Lehrman Center, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, at 230 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511, fax (203) 432-6943, or e-mail to

Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winners

2013Sydney Nathans To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker
2012James Sweet Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World
2011Stephanie McCurry Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South
2010Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World
Siddharth Kara Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
2009Annette Gordon-Reed The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
2008Stephanie E. Smallwood Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora
2007Christopher Leslie Brown Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism
2006Rebecca J. Scott Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery
2005Laurent Dubois A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean
2004Jean Fagan Yellin Harriet Jacobs: A Life
2003First Prize: Seymour Drescher The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor versus Slavery in British Emancipation
Second Prize: James F. Brooks Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands
2002Robert Harms The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
John Stauffer The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race
2001David Blight Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
2000David Eltis The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas
1999First Prize: Ira Berlin Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery
Second Prize: Philip D. Morgan Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry