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Book awards: David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History or Biography

Book awards by cover

Works (34)

Notorious Woman : The Celebrated Case of Myra Clark Gaines by Elizabeth Urban Alexander2001
American Law in the Twentieth Century by Lawrence M. Friedmanco-winner, 2002
The Death Penalty: An American History by Stuart Bannerco-winner, 2002
Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution by Robert J. Cottrol2003
Fries's Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution by Paul Douglas NewmanHonorable Mention, 2004
Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court by John M. Ferren2004
Griswold v. Connecticut: Birth Control and the Constitutional Right of Privacy by John W. JohnsonHonorable Mention, 2005
To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance by Richard J. Ellis2005
Mapp V. Ohio: Guarding Against Unreasonable Searches And Seizures (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) by Carolyn N. LongHonorable Mention, 2006
A Well-Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America by Saul Cornell2006
The Battle over School Prayer: How Engel V. Vitale Changed America by Bruce J. Dierenfield2007
Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent by Ernest Freeberg2008
The Treason Trials of Aaron Burr by Peter Charles HofferHonorable Mention, 2008
Fugitive Justice: Runaways, Rescuers, and Slavery on Trial by Steven LubetHonorable Mention, 2010
Justice in Blue and Gray: A Legal History of the Civil War by Stephen C. Neff2010
American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own by Stuart Bannerco-winner, 2011
Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America by Joanna L. Grossman2011
Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama: A Story of Poor Custodians by Samuel Walker2012
The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation by R. Kent NewmyerHonorable Mention, 2012
Father, Son, and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy by Alexander WohlHonorable Mention, 2013
Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) by Whitney Strub2013
Baseball on Trial: The Origin of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption by Nathaniel Grow2014
Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement by Lori SturdevantHonorable Mention, 2014
A Class by Herself: Protective Laws for Women Workers, 1890s-1990s by Nancy WolochHonorable Mention, 2015
Who Freed the Slaves?: The Fight over the Thirteenth Amendment by Leonard L. Richards2015
Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States by Edward FoleyFinalist, 2016
The Great Yazoo Lands Sale: The Case of Fletcher v. Peck (Landmark Law Cases and American Society) by Charles F. HobsonFinalist, 2016
Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s by Risa Goluboff2016
The Long Reach of the Sixties: LBJ, Nixon, and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court by Laura Kalman2017
Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South by Kimberly M. Welch2018
Child Labor in America: The Epic Legal Struggle to Protect Children by John A. FliterFinalist, 2018
The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era (Chicago Series in Law and Society) by Christopher W. SchmidtFinalist, 2018
Murder in the Shenandoah: Making Law Sovereign in Revolutionary Virginia (Studies in Legal History) by Jessica K. LoweFinalist, 2019
Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom by Sarah A. Seo2019

Award description

The David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History or Biography is awarded annually by the Langum Charitable Trust to the best university press book in American legal history or biography that is accessible to the educated general public, rooted in sound scholarship, and with themes that touch upon matters of general concern to the American public, past or present. The award carries a $1,000 prize.

There was no prize awarded in 2009.



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