Morris D. Forkosch Prize Recipients
The Morris D. Forkosch Prize is offered annually in recognition of the best book in English in the field of British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history. It replaces the Robert Livingston Schuyler Prize covering the same fields. Submission of books relating to the shared common law heritage of the English-speaking world are particularly encouraged in memory of the late Professor Forkosch's contributions to the field of legal studies and legal history.
2015 Forkosch Prize
Gregory E. O’Malley, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619–1807 (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture)
Final Passages is a scholarly triumph, combining formidable research and shrewd analysis. O’Malley has painstakingly reconstructed the transshipment of vast numbers of Africans, for whom the Middle Passage was only the beginning of their sufferings before being “re-exported” around the Caribbean and North America. He portrays the victims of this human trafficking and the buyers, seamen, and traders who carried it out, while illuminating the complex economy of slavery between rival empires.