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Liberty Legacy Foundation Award

The deadline has passed. Information on the 2020 award will be available summer 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, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

The award will be presented at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 4–6.

Submission Procedures

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2019 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, 2018.

Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2018 and before January 1, 2019. 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, 2019. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

The final decision will be made by the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Committee by February 2019. 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. Please see privacy policy at: ​http://www.oah.org/about/privacy/​.

Liberty Legacy Foundation Award Committee

Lynn M. Hudson (Committee Chair)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of History
601 South Morgan Street, 918 UH (MC 198)
Chicago IL 60607-7109

Tanisha C. Ford
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Harvard University
10 Garden Street
Cambridge MA 02138
[Affiliation: University of Delaware]

Russell Rickford
Cornell University
Department of History
322 McGraw Hall
Ithaca NY 14853


List of Past Winners