Littleton-Griswold Prize Recipients

In 1960, the Littleton-Griswold Fund Committee discussed the initiation of a prize worth $500 to be awarded biennially for the best article on legal history. A year later the 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 of $1,000 for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society. The revived prize is administered by a joint committee of the American Historical Association and the American Society for Legal History.

2013

Dr. John Fabian Witt, Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History (Free Press)

2012

Dr. Serena Mayeri, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard Univ. Press)

2011

Dr. Pauline Maier, Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-88 (Simon & Schuster)

2010

Ms. Catherine Fisk, Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

2010

Dr. Lisa M. Ford, Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788-1836 (Harvard Univ. Press)

2009

Dr. Laura F. Edwards, The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

2008

Dr. Rebecca McLennan, The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776-1941 (Cambridge Univ. Press)

2007

Ms. Dalia Tsuk Mitchell, Architect of Justice: Felix S. Cohen and the Founding of American Legal Pluralism (Cornell Univ. Press)

2006

Dr. Daniel Hulsebosch, Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830 (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

2005

Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder, The Transatlantic Constitution: Colonial Legal Culture and the Empire (Harvard Univ. Press)

2004

Dr. Mae M. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton Univ. Press)

2003

Dr. Bruce H. Mann, Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of Amercian Independence (Harvard Univ. Press)

2002

Dr. Barbara Young Welke, Recasting American Liberty: Gender, Race, Law, and the Railroad Revolution, 1865-1920 (Cambridge Univ. Press)

2001

Dr. Karl Jacoby, Crimes against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation (Univ. of California Press)

2000

Dr. Gail W O'Brien, The Color of the Law: Race, Violence, and Justice in the Post-World War II South (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1999

Dr. Linda K. Kerber, No Constitutional Right to be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship (Hill and Wang)

1998

Dr. Barry Cushman, Rethinking the New Deal Court. The Structure of a Constitutional Revolution (Oxford Univ. Press)

1997

Dr. William J. Novak, The People’s Welfare: Law and Regulation in 19th-Century America (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1996

Dr. Daniel R. Ernst, Lawyers Against Labor: From Individual Rights to Corporate Liberalism (Univ. of Illinois Press)

1995

Dr. Morton Keller, Regulating a New Society: Public Policy and Social Change in America, 1900-33 (Harvard Univ. Press)

1994

Dr. G. Edward White, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self (Oxford Univ. Press)

1993

Dr. Christopher Lawrence Tomlins, Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic (Cambridge Univ. Press)

1992

Dr. Herbert Hovenkamp, Enterprise and American Law, 1836-1937 (Harvard Univ. Press)

1991

Dr. Laura Kalman, Abe Fortas (Yale Univ. Press)

1990

Dr. Allen Steinberg, The Transformation of Criminal Justice: Philadelphia, 1800-1880 (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1989

Dr. William E. Nelson, The Fourteenth Amendment: From Political Rhetoric to Judicial Doctrine (Harvard Univ. Press)

1988

Dr. Arthur McEvoy, The Fisherman’s Problem: Ecology and the Law in California Fisheries, 1850-1980 (Cambridge Univ. Press)

1987

Prof. Mark V. Tushnet, The NAACP’s Legal Strategy Against Segregated Education, 1925-1950 (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1986

Dr. Michael C. Grossberg, Governing the Hearth: Law and Family in Nineteenth Century America (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1985

Dr. R. Kent Newmyer, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story: Statesman of the Old Republic (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1966

Mr. L. Kinvin Wroth, The Legal Papers of John Adams (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press)

1966

Mr. Hiller B. Zobel, The Legal Papers of John Adams (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press)