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March 23, 2017

The Langum Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015-2016 Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism is Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present, by Richard S. Newman (Oxford University Press, 2016).

According to DJL, Sr., “The book is a pleasure to read. Clearly written, it covers more than the Love Canal crisis itself, and contains a generous helping of the history of early European activity in the region, then the building of the canal, the Hooker Chemical era, and the subsequent residential development and chemical leachate that generated the crisis.”

The finalist for the 2015-2016 Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism is Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and Its War on Poverty, by Thomas J. Ward (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Says DJL, Sr., “Reading this well-written and readable book leaves somewhat of a bittersweet taste. It was a noble task to build up all these far-flung programs to aid the rural and poor Mississippians. Yet the administrative strife and economic collapse that brought about considerable contraction in the 1970s is also disheartening. It is an interesting read.”

March 15, 2017

The Langum Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in Legal History/Biography is Risa Goluboff for Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (Oxford University Press).

Says DJL, Sr., “This excellent book is well-written and clearly accessible to the general educated reader. In addition the author has provided an abundance of historical and cultural context for the 1960s, so the reader is able to understand the operation of the vagrancy laws and their destruction as an integral part of the times.”

Two books also won Finalist status for the 2016 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal history: Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States, by Edward B. Foley (Oxford University Press) and The Great Yazoo Lands Sale: The Case of Fletcher v. Peck, by Charles F. Hobson (University Press of Kansas).

February 8, 2017

The Langum Charitable Trust is pleased to announce its shortlist for the 2016 Langum Prize in American Legal History/Biography. The final decision will be announced online in about one month. The shortlisted books are:

Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States, by Edward B. Foley (Oxford University Press).

Discrediting the Red Scare: The Cold War Trials of James Kutcher, “The Legless Veteran,” by Robert Justin Goldstein (University Press of Kansas).

The Great Yazoo Lands Sale: The Case of Fletcher v. Peck, by Charles F. Hobson (University Press of Kansas).

Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s, by Risa Goluboff (Oxford University Press).

January 31, 2017

The Langum Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction is Michele Moore for her book The Cigar Factory (Univ. of South Carolina Press).

The Cigar Factory describes the lives of two families, one black, one white, in Charleston during the years 1917-1946. Says DJL, Sr., “The author describes the difficult lives of these two families, both joys and sorrows, with great sensitivity and beauty.”

 

 

The finalist for the 2016 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction is Chad Dundas for his Champion of the World (Putnam).

Says Virginia Langum, “This debut novel portrays the world of American wrestling in the 1920s, when wrestling was more science than show … Dundas’s training as a sports journalist shines through in the suspense of his scenes, in and out of the ring.”

 

 

 

 

 

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