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Award-Winning Books

The University of North Carolina Press publishes many books that win prestigious awards every year.
Here's a sample of our most recent list of winners. Feel free to browse our site for more award-winning books.

Congratulations to all our award-winning authors!



<SPAN STYLE= "" >Steel Closets</SPAN>

Steel Closets

Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers

By Anne Balay

2014 Sara A. Whaley Prize, National Women's Studies Association

Powerful stories of the intersections of blue-collar work, class, gender, and sexual identity

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Crafting Lives</SPAN>

Crafting Lives

African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

By Catherine W. Bishir

2014 Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit, Preservation North Carolina
2014 Book Award, Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians

An unprecedented community biography

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Conceiving Freedom</SPAN>

Conceiving Freedom

Women of Color, Gender, and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro

By Camillia Cowling

2014 Roberto Reis Book Award, Brazilian Studies Association

Learning to claim freedom in Brazil and Cuba

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >From Coveralls to Zoot Suits</SPAN>

From Coveralls to Zoot Suits

The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front

By Elizabeth R. Escobedo

2014 Armitage-Jameson Book Prize, Coalition for Western Women's History

"Rosita the Riveter" and her legacy

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Two Troubled Souls </SPAN>

Two Troubled Souls

An Eighteenth-Century Couple's Spiritual Journey in the Atlantic World

By Aaron Spencer Fogleman

2014 James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History, American Historical Association

An illuminating microhistory

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Visions of Freedom</SPAN>

Visions of Freedom

Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991

By Piero Gleijeses

2014 Friedrich Katz Prize, American Historical Association

The Cold War in southern Africa

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Visions of Power in Cuba</SPAN>

Visions of Power in Cuba

Revolution, Redemption, and Resistance, 1959-1971

By Lillian Guerra

2014 Bryce Wood Book Award, Latin American Studies Association
Special Mention, 2013 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Award, Caribbean Studies Association

Image, script, and spectacle in the Cuban Revolution

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Jim Crow Wisdom</SPAN>

Jim Crow Wisdom

Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940

By Jonathan Scott Holloway

2014 American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation

Race memory, forgetting, and communal identity

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Dixie Highway</SPAN>

Dixie Highway

Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930

By Tammy Ingram

2014 GHRAC Award for Excellence, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council

A new road to understanding the modern South

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Remembering the Civil War</SPAN>

Remembering the Civil War

Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation

By Caroline E. Janney

Honorable Mention, 2014 Avery O. Craven Award, Organization of American Historians
2013 Jefferson Davis Award, Museum of the Confederacy

From the battlefield to Gone with the Wind

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From Brown to Meredith

The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 1954-2007

By Tracy E. K'Meyer

2014 Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History
2014 Samuel W. Thomas Book Award, Louisville Historical Society

A community oral history of pro-integration activism

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Chinese Cubans</SPAN>

Chinese Cubans

A Transnational History

Kathleen López

2014 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize, Caribbean Studies Association

From “coolies” to citizens

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Nature's Civil War</SPAN>

Nature's Civil War

Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia

By Kathryn Shively Meier

2014 Wiley-Silver Prize, Center for Civil War Research
2011 Edward M. Coffman Prize, Society for Military History

Battling the elements to protect mental and physical health

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Soul Food</SPAN>

Soul Food

The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time

By Adrian Miller

2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award, Reference and Scholarship
Honor Book for Nonfiction, Black Caucus of the American Library Association

A delicious history of food and race in America

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Muslim American Women on Campus</SPAN>

Muslim American Women on Campus

Undergraduate Social Life and Identity

By Shabana Mir

Outstanding Book Award, National Association for Ethnic Studies
2014 Critics Choice Book Award, American Educational Studies Association

Identity, community, scrutiny

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Radical Relations</SPAN>

Radical Relations

Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since World War II

By Daniel Winunwe Rivers

2014 Grace Abbott Prize, Society for the History of Children and Youth
2014 Ohio Academy of History Book Prize
Finalist, 2014 Lambda Literary Award, LGBT Studies

Changing the way we think about the American family

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Freedom's Frontier</SPAN>

Freedom's Frontier

California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction

By Stacey L. Smith

2014 David Montgomery Award, Organization of American Historians

Slavery on free soil

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Baptized in PCBs</SPAN>

Baptized in PCBs

Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town

By Ellen Griffith Spears

2014 Arthur J. Viseltear Award, American Public Health Association Medical Care Section

Environmental racism and injustice in Anniston, Alabama

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club</SPAN>

Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club

Christopher B. Teuton

2014 Storytelling World Honoree, Special Storytelling Resources
2013 American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation

Cherokee storytelling, oral traditions, and teachings

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Greater than Equal</SPAN>

Greater than Equal

African American Struggles for Schools and Citizenship in North Carolina, 1919-1965

By Sarah Caroline Thuesen

2014 Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
North Caroliniana Book Award, North Caroliniana Society

School equalization and black liberation

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Hanoi's War</SPAN>

Hanoi's War

An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

By Lien-Hang T. Nguyen

2013 Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Challenging the conventional narrative of the Vietnam War

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Bonds of Alliance</SPAN>

Bonds of Alliance

Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France

By Brett Rushforth

2013 Merle Curti Award in Social History, Organization of American Historians
2013 FEEGI Biennial Book Prize, Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction

Native American slavery in the French Atlantic World

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement</SPAN>

Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement

A Biography

By Randal Maurice Jelks

2013 BCALA Literary Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association
2013 Lillian Smith Book Award

Before Martin Luther King Jr.

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