Award Description

The Charles S. Sydnor Award is given in recognition of a distinguished book in southern history published in odd-numbered years and awarded in even-numbered years. It will be awarded at the 2020 meeting in Memphis, TN, for a book published during 2019. Copies should be forwarded to the committee members no later than March 1, 2020.

2020 Award Committee

Forthcoming

Past Winners

2018 - Julio Capó Jr.
Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940, University of North Carolina Press, 2017

2016 - Alison Collis Greene
No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta, Oxford University Press, 2015

2014 - Caroline E. Janney
Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation, University of North Carolina Press, 2013

2012 - Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement, Oxford University Press, 2011

2010 - Laura F. Edwards
The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South, University of North Carolina Press, 2009

2008 - Juliana Barr
Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands, University of North Carolina Press, 2007

2006 - W. Fitzhugh Brundage
The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory, Harvard University Press, 2005

2004 - Robert Korstad
Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth Century South, University of North Carolina Press, 2003

2002 - Jack E. Davis
Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930, Louisiana State University Press, 2001

2000 - Claudio Saunt
A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816, Cambridge University Press, 1999

1998 - Neil Foley
The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture, University of California Press, 1997

1996 - Stephanie McCurry
Masters of Small Worlds: Yeomen Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country, Oxford University Press, 1995

1994 - Michael Honey
Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights, University of Illinois Press, 1993

1992 - Charles Royster
The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans, Alfred A. Knopf, 1991

1990 - Allen Tullos
Habits of Industry: White Culture and the Transformation of the Carolina Piedmont, University of North Carolina Press, 1989

1988 - Peter Kolchin
Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom, Harvard University Press, 1987

1986 - James C. (Pete) Daniel
Breaking the Land: The Transformation of Cotton, Tobacco, and Rice Cultures Since 1880, University of Illinois Press, 1985

1984 - Drew Gilpin Faust
James Henry Hammond and the Old South, A Design for Mastery, Louisiana State University Press, 1982

1982 - Bruce Palmer
Man Over Money: The Southern Populist Critique of American Capitalism, University of North Carolina Press, 1980

1980 - Richard Beale Davis
Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1763, University of Tennessee Press, 1978

1978 - Thomas C. Holt
Black Over White: Negro Political Leadership in South Carolina During Reconstruction, University of Illinois Press, 1977

1976 - Edmund S. Morgan
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia, W. W. Norton, 1975

1974 - Thomas B. Alexander
Anatomy of the Confederate Congress: A Study of the Influence of Member Characteristics on Legislative Voting Behavior, 1861-1865, Vanderbilt University Press, 1972

1972 - Allen W. Trelease
White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction, Harper & Row, 1971

1970 - Sheldon Hackney
Populism to Progressivism in Alabama, Princeton University Press, 1969

1968 - George B. Tindall
The Emergence of the New South, 1913-1945, Louisiana State University Press, 1967

1966 - Willie Lee Rose
Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment, Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1964

1964 - Albert D. Kirwan
John J. Crittenden: The Struggle for the Union, University of Kentucky Press, 1962

1962 - C. Vann Woodward
The Burden of Southern History, Louisiana State University Press, 1960

1960 - Dewey W. Grantham, Jr.
Hoke Smith and the Politics of the New South, Louisiana State University Press, 1958

1958 - Arlin Turner
George W. Cable: A Biography, Duke University Press, 1956

1956 - Joseph H. Parks
General Edmund Kirby Smith, C.S.A., Louisiana State University Press, 1954