Stephanie McCurry Named Frederick Douglass Book Prize Winner
Professor of History Stephanie McCurry has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for her book, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South. The Douglass prize is awarded annually by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and is accompanied by a $25,000 prize to be presented to the recipient in February. The Frederick Douglass Book Prize was established in 1999 to stimulate scholarship in the field of slavery and abolition.
“McCurry’s Confederate Reckoning traces the rise and fall of ‘a modern proslavery and antidemocratic state, dedicated to the proposition that all men were not created equal,’” noted Seth Rockman, the 2011 Douglass Prize jury chair and associate professor of history at Brown University. Rockman continues, “McCurry deepens our understanding of the slaves’ self-emancipation, while also clarifying the radical nature of the Confederate project.”
McCurry is a specialist in 19th-century American history with a focus on the American South, the Civil War era and the history of women and gender. Her Spring 2012 course entitled “The American Civil War and Its Aftermath” is a featured course in Penn’s Master of Liberal Arts program.