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  • Historical News and Notices


The eighty-fourth annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association will take place at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama, on November 8–11, 2018, Thursday through Sunday.

At the close of the Association's eighty-third meeting in Dallas, Texas, on November 12, 2017, Jane Turner Censer, George Mason University, began her term as president. Given that there were no additional nominations, those proposed by the 2016 Nominating Committee and published in the May 2017 issue of the Journal were declared elected:


William A. Link, University of Florida


W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillGlenn T. Eskew, Georgia State UniversityLorri Glover, Saint Louis University

The Executive Council also approved the nominations of Blain Roberts, California State University, Fresno, and Joshua D. Rothman, University of Alabama, to four-year terms on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Southern History.

The council elected the following to serve as the 2018 Nominating Committee: Lesley J. Gordon, University of Alabama, chair; Edward E. Baptist, Cornell University; Gaines M. Foster, Louisiana State University; Cherisse Jones-Branch, Arkansas State University; and Randy J. Sparks, Tulane University.

The following awards were presented at the meeting in Dallas:

Owsley Award

The Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, which recognizes a distinguished book in southern history published in an even-numbered year (2016), was presented to Greta de Jong, University of Nevada, Reno, for You Can't Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement, published by University of North Carolina Press. The selection committee consisted of Jacqueline Jones, University of Texas at Austin, chair; Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University; and Brenda Stevenson, University of California, Los Angeles.

Simkins Award

The Francis B. Simkins Award, given jointly by Longwood University and the SHA, recognizes the author of the best first book in southern history published over a two-year period, in 2015 or 2016. The prize was awarded to Emily Suzanne Clark, Gonzaga University, for A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, published by [End Page 235] University of North Carolina Press in 2016. The selection committee consisted of Michele Gillespie, Wake Forest University, chair; Thavolia Glymph, Duke University; and Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware.

Rawley Award

The James A. Rawley Award, given for a distinguished book on the sectional crisis or Civil War causation published in 2015 or 2016, was presented to Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut, for The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition, published by Yale University Press in 2016. The selection committee consisted of Amy Murrell Taylor, University of Kentucky, chair; Jason Phillips, West Virginia University; and Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Woodward Dissertation Prize

The C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in southern history completed in 2016 was awarded to Angela Esco Elder, Converse College, for her University of Georgia dissertation, "Married to the Confederacy: The Emotional Politics of Confederate Widowhood." The selection committee consisted of Jeff Forret, Lamar University, chair; Carolyn R. Dupont, Eastern Kentucky University; and Drew A. Swanson, Wright State University.

Submissions for this year's Woodward Prize are invited. Dissertations in southern history completed and defended in 2017 are eligible for the annual prize. Application requirements can be found in the advertisement in this issue of the Journal or on the SHA website, Application materials, sent by email to, are due May 1, 2018. This year's prize committee consists of Caroline E. Janney, Purdue University, chair; Greta de Jong, University of Nevada, Reno; and Calvin Schermerhorn, Arizona State University.

Kirby Award

The Jack Temple Kirby Award, recognizing a distinguished journal article on southern environmental or agricultural history published in 2015 or 2016, was awarded to Alec Fazackerley Hickmott, Amherst College, for his article, "Black Land, Black Capital: Rural Development in the Shadows of the Sunbelt South, 1969–1976," published in the Journal of African American History (101 [Fall 2016], 504–34). The selection committee consisted of Adrienne Monteith Petty, City College of New York...


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