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Civil War History 50.2 (2004) 214-219

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Francis Parkman Prize: The Society of American Historians awarded James F. Brooks the 2003 prize by for his book Captive Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands (Univ. of North Carolina Press). The Francis Parkman Prize is awarded annually for the book that best exhibits literary distinction in the writing of American history. The prize consists of $2,500 and a bronze medal. The winning manuscript also becomes a selection of The History Book Club.

Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship: The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd College presented the 2003 award to T. J. Stiles for Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War (Vintage). Finalists for the award include Paul Christopher Anderson, Blood Image: Turner Ashby in the Civil War and the Southern Mind (Louisiana State Univ. Press); Keith P. Wilson, "Campfires of Freedom": The Camp Life of Black Soldiers during the Civil War (Kent State Univ. Press); Alfred Jay Bollet, Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs (Galen Press, Ltd.); Herman Hattaway and Richard E. Beringer, Jefferson Davis, Confederate President (Univ. Press of Kansas); and Melinda Lawson, Patriot Fires: Forging a New American Nationalism in the Civil War North (Univ. Press of Kansas).

Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence: William Kauffman Scarborough was recognized at the Fifteenth Annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration with the 2004 Richard Wright Award for Masters of the Big House: Elite Slaveholders of the Mid-Nineteenth-Century South. This award is given in recognition of an author's entire body of work.

Library of Virginia Literary Award: J. Douglas Smith has been awarded the sixth annual award for the best nonfiction work about Virginia or by a Virginia [End Page 214] author for Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics, and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia.


The U.S. Senate recently passed the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site Act to honor Dr. Woodson, who helped establish the discipline of African American history. This legislation authorizes the transformation of Woodson's home in Washington, D.C., into a museum to educate the public about Woodson's contribution to American history.

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress recently announced the release of a new online collection, "Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories." The collection features audio recordings of interviews conducted between 1932 and 1975 with people who experienced slavery firsthand, providing a unique opportunity hear former slaves describe their lives in their own voices. The recordings capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable ex-slaves who were born between 1823 and the early 1860s. In seven hours of recordings, the former slaves discuss their feelings about slavery, slaveholders, and freedom. In addition to the recordings and their transcripts, "Voices from the Days of Slavery" also includes biographies of several interviewers, a special presentation called "Faces and Voices from the Collection," and a Related Resources section. The entire collection may be found online at This collection complements other American Memory collections, most notably "Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938," which contains transcripts of over 2,300 interviews with ex-slaves. These transcripts may be found at

The National Archives and Records Administration recently announced the results of a national survey, "The People's Vote: 100 Documents that Shaped America," cosponsored by NARA, National History Day, and U.S. News & World Report. Nearly 40,000 Americans cast more than 300,000 votes for the documents they believe played the greatest role in shaping the course of American history. Among the top ten were the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address. The full results of the survey may be found at [End Page 215]

The National Park Service and the Ford's Theatre Society recently announced the reopening of Ford's Theatre and the Lincoln Museum in Washington, D.C., following a $2.5 million renovation. Improvements...


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