Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Colonial Dames's Annual Book Award Goes to Civil War Wives

Civil War Wives, Professor Carol Berkin's award-winning book, is about "the lives and times of Angelina Grimké Weld, Varina Howell Davis & Julia Dent Grant, their life stories, and their connection to our national past. It provides windows into a social and political landscape that is strangely familiar yet shockingly foreign. (Click image for more information.)

The Colonial Dames of America recognizes non-fiction books of merit that focus on American life—past, present, or future—by presenting an annual award (including honorarium) to the author and publisher of the winning book.

The purpose of the award is to encourage publishers to produce books of merit which, although they may never become best sellers, broaden the understanding of American history, politics, or culture. The Book Award Committee consists of members from thirty-two chapters of the CDA throughout the United States and abroad, under the leadership of the New York Chapter. Awards are presented at an Annual Luncheon in New York City in early May (preceding text from CDA's website and edited by J D Sallen).

Last year’s winner was Cokie Roberts.

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