Four Finalists Selected for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition has announced four finalists for its annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize. The $25,000 award is given for what the judges consider the outstanding nonfiction book published in English on the subject of slavery and/or abolition and antislavery movements. More than 70 books were submitted for consideration.

The four finalists are:

Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South by Anthony E. Kaye (University of North Carolina Press)

Slavery and the Birth of an African City: Lagos, 1760-1900 by Kristin Mann (Indiana University Press)

What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War by Chandra Manning (Alfred A. Knopf Publishers)

Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora by Stephanie E. Smallwood (Harvard University Press)

The award will be announced in September and will be presented at a dinner at the Yale Club in New York City in February.