The Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history is jointly sponsored by the American Historical Association and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book in African diaspora history. The AHA Committee on Minority Historians established the prize in 1992 in memory of two early pioneers in the field, Charles H. Wesley and Rayford W. Logan. The general rules for submission are:
- The prize is offered for a book on some aspect of the history of the dispersion, settlement and adjustment, and/or return of peoples originally from Africa. Eligible for consideration are books in any chronological period and any geographical location. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered.
- Books with a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Wesley-Logan Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2015 Wesley-Logan Prize
Ada Ferrer, New York Univ.
Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Freedom’s Mirror is an elegant, detailed, and convincing treatment of the paradoxes characterizing the Age of Revolution in the early modern Caribbean. At the moment Saint-Domingue became Haiti—a symbol of freedom and sovereignty in the Atlantic—its eastern neighbor Cuba became increasingly entrenched in sugar, slavery, and imperial authority. Moving beyond comparative history by exploring transnational connections, interdependencies, and geopolitical crises, this book is a welcome addition to the historiography of slavery in the Americas.