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.
2015 Littleton-Griswold Prize
Cornelia H. Dayton, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs
Sharon V. Salinger, Univ. of California, Irvine
Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press)
In Robert Love’s Warnings, Cornelia Dayton and Sharon Salinger painstakingly trace the practice of warning out—notifying strangers that the town would not support them if they became indigent—in colonial Boston. The book challenges the longstanding claim that warnings served as forms of exclusion, arguing instead that the system actually encouraged the circulation of people. Gracefully written and based in previously unexplored sources, the authors imaginatively capture the texture of everyday life and its relationship to law and governance.