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Organization of American Historians (OAH) James A. Rawley Prize

The deadline for the 2017 prize has passed. Information on the 2018 prize will be available summer 2017.


The James A. Rawley Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the United States. The prize is given in memory of Professor James A. Rawley, Carl Adolph Happold Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

The award will be presented at the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6–9.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2017 James A. Rawley Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 3, 2016.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 3, 2016 and before January 1, 2017. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below postmarked no later than January 9, 2017. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

The final decision will be made by the James A. Rawley Prize Committee by February 2017. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation.

James A. Rawley Prize Committee

Gerald Horne (Committee Chair)
The University of Houston
Agnes Arnold Hall
Department of History
3553 Cullen Boulevard Room 524
Houston TX 77204-3003

Ernesto Chávez
The University of Texas at El Paso
Department of History
500 W University Ave
El Paso TX 79968-8900

Winston Grady-Willis
Director, School of Gender, Race and Nations
Portland State University
150 Parkmill Building (PKM)
1633 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97201


List of Past Winners