Liberty Legacy Foundation Award

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2019

Inspired by OAH President Darlene Clark Hine’s call in her 2002 OAH presidential address for more research on the origins of the civil rights movement in the period before 1954, the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present.

Each entry must be published during the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

The award will be presented at the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 2–5.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2020 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2019.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2019 and before January 1, 2020. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be received by each committee member and postmarked no later than January 7, 2020. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

The final decision will be made by the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Committee by February 2020. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Annual Meeting and awards presentation. By applying for this award, you are agreeing to OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. Read our privacy policy here​.

Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Committee

Susan D. Carle (Committee Chair)
5605 Wilson Lane
Bethesda MD 20184
[Affiliation: American University]

Perla M. Guerrero
University of Maryland, College Park
Department of American Studies
1328 Tawes Hall
7751 Alumni Drive
College Park, MD 20740

Chad Williams
Brandeis University
Department of African and African American Studies
MS 092
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2019

List of Past Winners