In 1961, the Littleton-Griswold Fund Committee created the Littleton-Griswold Prize for studies in the legal history of the American colonies and of the United States prior to 1900. The prize was not awarded, however, until 1966, and was abolished the following year. In 1985, Council revived the prize as an annual award for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society, broadly defined.
The general rules for submission are:
- Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered.
- Books with a copyright of 2015 will be eligible for consideration for the 2016 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Littleton-Griswold Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2014 Littleton-Griswold Prize
Michele Landis Dauber, Stanford Law School
The Sympathetic State: Disaster Relief and the Origins of the American Welfare State (Univ. of Chicago Press)
In The Sympathetic State, Michele Landis Dauber skillfully and persuasively argues that the long tradition of federal disaster relief provided political and constitutional precedent for the American social welfare state. This ambitious, compelling book provides important insights about legal debates within the Roosevelt administration and historical interpretations of the Constitution’s general welfare clause. Dauber powerfully contests the notion of a 1930s judicial revolution and contributes significantly to a revisionary legal history of the New Deal.