History Prof. Kate Masur’s book wins American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold Prize


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Harris Hall. The prize, first given in 1966, awards the best book in any subject focused on the history of American Law and Society.

Pavan Acharya, Assistant Campus Editor

History Prof. Kate Masur’s book, “Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction,” won the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold Prize, according to an Oct. 31 news release.

The prize recognizes the top book in any subject focused on the history of American Law and Society.

Masur’s book details the history of the movement for equal rights leading up to the passage of the 1866 Civil Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. The work was listed as one of the top books of 2021 by The New York Times and was a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Masur is co-editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era, which is published by the University of North Carolina press, with University of California, Davis history Prof. Gregory Downs. She also recently appeared in the CNN film, “Lincoln: Divided We Stand.”

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