Historian Mia Bay Receives the Order of the Coif 2022 Book Award

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Mia Bay, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, has received the Order of the Coif 2022 Book Award for Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance. From stagecoaches and trains to buses, cars, and planes, Traveling Black explores when, how, and why racial restrictions took shape and what it was like to live with them.

Bay is a scholar of American and African American intellectual, cultural, and social history. Traveling Black previously won the prestigious Bancroft Prize. She is also the author of The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas About White People, 1830-1925 and To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells.

The Order of the Coif Book Award is given to authors that evidence creative talent "of the highest order." The awarded books are those that have advanced a field, illuminated new areas of thought and research, or explored the many hard questions that law raises.

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