John Morrow Is the First African American to Win Prestigious Award for Military Writing

John H. Morrow, Jr., professor of history at the University of Georgia, is the 13th recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The Pritzker Literature Award — which includes a gold medallion, citation, and $100,000 honorarium — recognizes and honors the contributions of a living author for a body of work dedicated to enriching the understanding of military history and affairs. Professor Morrow received the award at a ceremony in Chicago earlier this month. He is the first African American to receive the award.

“I am truly honored to accept the 2019 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing,” said Dr. Morrow. “Receiving the award after nearly 50 years of historical writing, teaching, and consulting constitutes the ultimate affirmation of my career as a scholar of the history of modern war and society.”

Professor Morrow is a 1966 graduate of Swarthmore College, where he majored in history. He earned a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1971 Professor Morrow became the first African American faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1988 as Franklin Professor, and in 1991 was named chair of the history department.

Professor Morrow is the author of several books including German Air Power In World War I (University of Nebraska Press, 1982) and  The Great War in the Air: Military Aviation from 1909 to 1921 (University of Alabama Press, 1993).


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