Raymond J. Cunningham Prize Recipients
The American Historical Association offers the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article written by an undergraduate student and published in a history department journal. This prize, awarded annually, was established in memory of Raymond J. Cunningham, who was an associate professor of history at Fordham University. He was an authority on American historian Herbert Baxter Adams.
2015 Cunningham Prize
Michael D. Welker, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA, 2014)
“Nothing without a Demand: Black Power and Student Activism on North Carolina College Campuses, 1967–1973,” Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History (Spring 2014)
Faculty Advisor: James L. Leloudis
Richly documented, well organized, and clearly written, this essay examines postsecondary education in North Carolina amidst the social and political protest in the 1960s and 70s. Welker explores how bureaucrats, institutions, individuals and ideology intersect, revealing the resilience of the university as an institution, the difficulties people face when they try to change those institutions, and the irony that an ideology rooted in noncompromise required compromise in order to effect change. Shedding new light on the workings of Black Power at a range of North Carolina campuses, Welker combines the voices of students, nonstudent activists, administrators, and politicians and thoughtfully analyzes the role of African American studies at predominantly white institutions of higher learning.