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Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Winners

2017 Russell Rickford, Cornell University, We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Hinton, Harvard University, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (Harvard University Press)

2016 Tanisha C. Ford, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (University of North Carolina Press)

2015 N. D. B. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University, A  World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (The University of Chicago Press)

2014 Susan D. Carle, American University, Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880–1915 (Oxford University Press)

2013 Andrew W. Kahrl, Marquette University, The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South (Harvard University Press)

2012 Tomiko Brown-Nagin, University of Virginia, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press)

2011 Chad L. Williams, Hamilton College, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era (University of North Carolina Press)

2010 Beryl Satter, Rutgers University at Newark, Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (Metropolitan Books)

2009 Chris Myers Asch, U.S. Public Service Academy, The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer (The New Press)

2008 Michael Honey, University of Washington, Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign (W.W. Norton & Company)

Finalist
Kent Germany, University of South Carolina, New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for a Great Society (University of Georgia Press)

Finalist
Laurie Green, University of Texas, Austin, Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press)

2007 Thomas F. Jackson, University of North Carolina Greensboro, From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Economic Justice (University of Pennsylvania Press)

2006 Matthew J. Countryman, University of Michigan, Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Honorable Mention: Emilye Crosby, State University of New York, Geneseo, A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi (University of North Carolina Press)

2005 Nikhil Pal Singh, University of Washington, Seattle, Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press)

2004 Robert Rodgers Korstad, Duke University, Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-twentieth Century South (University of North Carolina Press)

Barbara Ransby, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (University of North Carolina Press)

2003 J. Mills Thornton III, University of Michigan, Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma (University of Alabama Press)

Finalists for the inaugural year (2003) of the award are:

Greta De Jong, A Different Day: African American Struggles for Justice in Rural Louisiana, 1900–1970 (University of North Carolina Press)

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960–1975 (City Lights)

Barbara Mills, "Got My Mind Set on Freedom" Maryland's Story of Black and White Activism, 1663–2000 (Heritage Books, Inc.)

Jerald E. Podair, The Strike that Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis (Yale University Press)

Mark Robert Schneider, "We Return Fighting": The Civil Rights Movement in the Jazz Age (Northeastern University Press)

John D. Skrentny, The Minority Rights Revolution (Belnkap Press of Harvard University Press)