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.
Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered. The general rules for submission are:
- Books with an imprint of 2013 will be eligible for consideration for the 2014 award.
- In addition to sending a copy of each prize entry to members of the selection committee, please complete the Data Collection Form and include information about each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members. Entries must be postmarked by or on MAY 15, 2014, to be eligible for the 2014 competition.
Contact information for judges will be posted by March 30, 2014.
Please Note: The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
Important! Each entry must be clearly labeled “Littleton-Griswold Prize Entry.”
For questions, please contact the Book Prize Administrator, or write to the AHA at the following address (please note that prize entries are not mailed to the AHA; rather, to committee members): American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Littleton-Griswold Prize
John Fabian Witt, Yale Univ. Law School
Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (Free Press)
Lincoln’s Code skillfully mixes law and history to illuminate how the laws of war have shaped and been shaped by America’s wartime experiences from the Revolution through the Philippines insurrection. John Witt’s book is especially good at revealing the tensions at work between the sometimes competing demands of justice and military necessity. Deeply researched and artfully written, Lincoln’s Code paints a complex portrait of the past that speaks directly to the present.