Morris D. Forkosch Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Morris D. Forkosch Prize annually in recognition of the best book in English in the field of British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history since 1485. Submission of books relating to the shared common law heritage of the English-speaking world are particularly encouraged in memory of the late Professor Forkosch’s contributions to the field of legal studies and legal history. The general rules for submission are:
- Books with a copyright of 2015 will be eligible for the 2016 competition.
- 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 marked “Forkosch Award 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 on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony 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.
2015 Forkosch Prize
Gregory E. O’Malley, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619–1807 (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture)
Final Passages is a scholarly triumph, combining formidable research and shrewd analysis. O’Malley has painstakingly reconstructed the transshipment of vast numbers of Africans, for whom the Middle Passage was only the beginning of their sufferings before being “re-exported” around the Caribbean and North America. He portrays the victims of this human trafficking and the buyers, seamen, and traders who carried it out, while illuminating the complex economy of slavery between rival empires.