Gilder Lehrman Center

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The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, "a part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, is dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning all aspects of chattel slavery and its destruction." [1]

"Each year the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition presents the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, a $25,000 award for the most outstanding nonfiction book published in English on the subject of slavery and/or abolition and antislavery movements." [2]

Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winners [3]

  • 2008 Stephanie E. Smallwood Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora
  • 2007 Christopher Leslie Brown Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism
  • 2006 Rebecca J. Scott Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery
  • 2005 Laurent Dubois A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean
  • 2004 Jean Fagan Yellin Harriet Jacobs: A Life
  • 2003 Seymour Drescher The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor versus Slavery in British Emancipation
  • 2002 Robert Harms The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade; and John Stauffer The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race
  • 2001 David Blight Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
  • 2000 David Eltis The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas
  • 1999 Ira Berlin Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery; and Philip D. Morgan Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry


Accessed August 2009: [4]

Visiting Fellows

  • Matthew Hopper (Sep-Dec 2009), California Polytechnic - author of Slaves of One Master: Globalization and the African Diaspora in Arabia in the Age of Empire
  • Brooke Newman (Sep 2009), University of Aberdeen - author of Mastery and Empire: Metropolitan Culture and Slaveholding in the British Caribbean, 1661-1773
  • Yael Sternhell (Oct 2009), Tel Aviv University - author of Revolution in Motion: The Civil War in the South
  • Jim Downs (Nov 2009), Connecticut College - author of "Asiatic Cholera in America": The Deadly Consequences of Emancipation in the United States
  • Michael Fitzgerald (Jan 2010), St. Olaf College - author of Emancipation and Economic Development in Alabama Reconstruction
  • Mariana Candido (Feb-May 2010), Princeton University - author of Benguela and South Atlantic Slavery, 1700-1850
  • Richard Bell (Feb 2010), University of Maryland - author of The Tunnel of Horrors: Abolition and the Meaning of Slave Suicide
  • Emma Christopher (Apr 2010), University of Sydney - author of Mesurado Beach: An African Slave Factory and Its Legacy
  • Kimberly Juanita Brown (May 2010), Northeastern University - author of The Repeating Body: Slavery's Resonance in the Contemporary



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  1. Home, Gilder Lehrman Center, accessed August 27, 2009.
  2. Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center, accessed August 27, 2009.
  3. Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center, accessed August 27, 2009.
  4. Staff, Gilder Lehrman Center, accessed August 27, 2009.