For an article in the fields of the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality
2015 > Rebecca Jo Plant and Frances M. Clarke, “The Crowning Insult”; Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s”; Journal of American History, 102: 2 (September 2015).
Citation: Plant and Clarke highlight the decline in African American status in interwar years, focusing on the “largely forgotten … discriminatory treatment” of mothers and widows of fallen United States soldiers. The federal government-sponsored segregated pilgrimages to Europe from 1930 to 1933 to visit the bodies of their fallen kin became part of an emotionally fraught debate over the limitations of citizenship rights of African Americans, claims of which had pivoted on notions of masculinity. Pressured to boycott the pilgrimages, the “so-called ordinary women” were “forced …to weigh powerful appeals to racial solidarity against deeply felt personal commitments and desires,” which often “signaled their independence from black leaders.” The article prize committee believes that Plant and Clarke compellingly give historical voice to African American women seldom heard from and whose perspectives “harbor[ed] dreams of a radically transformed society.”
2014 > Katherine Paugh, “Yaws, Syphilis, Sexuality, and the Circulation of Medical Knowledge in the British Caribbean and the Atlantic World,” in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Volume 88, Number 2, Summer 2014, pp. 225-252.
Carina Ray, “Decrying White Peril: Interracial Sex and the Rise of Anticolonial Nationalism in the Gold Coast,” appearing in the American Historical Review, February 2014.
2013 > Jaime Wadowiec, “Muslim Algerian Women and the Rights of Man: Islam and Gendered Citizenship in French Algeria at the End of Empire,” appearing in French Historical Studies, vol. 36, no. 4 (Fall 2013): 649-676.
For article in any field of history other than the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality
2015 > Debora L. Silverman, “Diasporas of Art: History, the Tervuren Royal Museum for Central Africa, and the Politics of Memory in Belgium, 1885–2014,” The Journal of Modern History 87: 3 (September 2015).
Citation: The article prize committee agreed that Silverman’s treatment of Belgium’s “colonial amnesia” about the period of King Leopold’s Congo Free State, contributes importantly to international conversations about the historical decontextualization of imperial violence, “demonstrating that patterns of collective forgetting are not unique to Belgium.” Examining the representation of vast collections of artifacts—a “diaspora of objects”—from the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, near Brussels, as they recently traveled to the United States, Silverman demonstrates how the perpetuation of the erasure of the “brutal regime’s rampant violence” became a missed opportunity to link United States’ own history of slavery to Africa and the history of imperial violence and exploitation in the Congo. Instead, these exhibitions contributed to a “great forgetting” of the Belgian empire and its violent extractions.
2014 > Julia Phillips Cohen, “Oriental by Design: Ottoman Jews, Imperial Style, and the Performance of Heritage” in American Historical Review, April 2014.
2013 > Molly Loberg, “The Streetscape of Economic Crisis: Commerce, Politics, and Urban Space in Interwar Berlin,” Journal of Modern History, Vol 85, no. 2 (June 2013): 364-402.