Raymond J. Cunningham Prize Recipients
The American Historical Association offers the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article written by an undergraduate student and published in a history department journal. This prize, awarded annually, 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.
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.