Finalists Named for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University has announced three finalists for the 2009 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. The prize is awarded for the best nonfiction book on slavery or related topics. It comes with a $25,000 cash award.

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

The three finalists are:

Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph (Cambridge University Press);

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton); and

Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War by Jacqueline Jones (Alfred A. Knopf).

The Gordon-Reed book is the heavy favorite given that she has already won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the George Washington Book Prize.