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2013 SHEAR Book and Article Prizes

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The SHEAR book prize is awarded to an original monograph that deals with the period 1776-1861 in America. In order to qualify, the book must make its primary scholarly contribution to the history of the early American republic. Within that period, the book may treat virtually any aspect of history, including political, economic, social, or cultural history, but the book must be an original monograph or a collection of original essays. Editions of primary sources will not be considered, nor will new editions of old books or anthologies of previously published essays. Prizes for “best book” and “best first book” are awarded on an annual basis. Please contact the Executive Coordinator for more details.

Book Prizes 2012

The 2012 SHEAR Book Prize went to Amy S. Greenberg in recognition of her book entitled A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Alfred S. Knopf, 2012). Greenberg is a professor of history and women’s studies at the Pennsylvania State University.

The 2012 SHEAR Book Prize went to Eliga H. Gould in recognition of his book entitled Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (Harvard University Press, 2012). Gould is a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.

The 2012 James Broussard Best First Book Prize went to Adam Jortner in recognition of his book entitled The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier (Oxford University Press, 2012). Jortner is an assistant professor of History at Auburn University.

Article Prize 2012

The 2012 Ralph D. Gray Article Prize went to Ruth W. Herndon in recognition of her Journal of the Early Republic article entitled “Poor Women and the Boston Almshouse in the Early Republic.” Herndonis an associate professor of history at Bowling Green State University.


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