Raymond J. Cunningham Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize annually for the best article published in a history department journal written by an undergraduate student. The prize was established in memory of Raymond J. Cunningham, who was an associate professor of history at Fordham University. He was an authority on American historian Herbert Baxter Adams. The prize selection committee has typically given preference to articles that incorporate primary sources. The rules for submission are:
- The article must be published in a history department student journal between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015.
- Each nominator is required to provide a brief letter of support (no more than two pages) with the article. Be sure to include the name of the undergraduate author of the article, the publishing journal, and the faculty advisor.
- Only ONE article from each history department student journal may be nominated.
- Email one electronic copy of the article and accompanying letter of support to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Cunningham Award Entry.”
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
2014 Cunningham Prize
Jacob Anbinder, Yale Univ. (BA, 2014)
“The South Shall Ride Again: The Origins of MARTA and the Making of the Urban South,” Yale Historical Review 2, no. 3 (Spring 2013): 37–57
Faculty Advisor: Glenda E. Gilmore
Anbinder’s meticulous analysis, based on extensive primary and secondary sources, demonstrates how a chronological study of Atlanta’s transportation system (MARTA) can provide rich insight into the race and class issues impacting the city’s economic development. His work exposes how a southern city that styled itself in the post-WWII era as modern, tolerant, and progressive, ultimately built a public transportation system that entrenched racial division, due, in part, to the political interests of a host of both white and black historical actors who saw de facto “segregated” neighborhoods as a more secure basis of political power.