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.
2016 Littleton-Griswold Prize
Deborah A. Rosen, Lafayette Coll.
Border Law: The First Seminole War and American Nationhood (Harvard Univ. Press)
In Border Law, Deborah Rosen establishes the Seminole War (1816–18) as the moment in American nation-building when Jacksonian struggles against the British, the Spanish, and indigenous peoples established a nation with diplomatic influence and legal sovereignty. Rosen’s detailed research in military and legal history provides a definitive account of how, early in the 19th century, disparate and unwieldy legal uncertainties were reimagined as coherent legal frameworks that would organize American expansionism over the next century.