Distinguished Professor James Oakes (History) of the Graduate Center has won the 2013 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for his book, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861–1865 (W.W. Norton, 2012), a groundbreaking history of emancipation. Oakes also won the 2008 prize for The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (W.W. Norton, 2007).
The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and Gettysburg College, is awarded annually for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln or the American Civil War era. The $50,000 prize was established in 1990 by Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, in partnership with Dr. Gabor Boritt, Director Emeritus of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.
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