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.
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.