MAAH Stone Book Award

MAAH Stone Book Award An annual $25,000 prize to the author of a stellar non-fiction book focusing on African American history or culture written in a literary style.

Some things are worth staying home for. Save the Date for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event on October 14th @...
07/09/2021

Some things are worth staying home for. Save the Date for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event on October 14th @ 6:30pm. Stay tuned for details about registration and -- yes! -- gift boxes and free copies of the winning books.

Some things are worth staying home for. Save the Date for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event on October 14th @ 6:30pm. Stay tuned for details about registration and -- yes! -- gift boxes and free copies of the winning books.

94/94 #MAAHStoneAtoZ 2021 ends with this masterful portrait of the unseen phenomenon of caste in America. Isabel Wilkers...
07/02/2021

94/94 #MAAHStoneAtoZ 2021 ends with this masterful portrait of the unseen phenomenon of caste in America. Isabel Wilkerson explores how America is and has always been shaped by a hidden caste system that influences people's lives and behaviors and the nation's fate. 'Caste' points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions toward hope in our common humanity.

94/94 #MAAHStoneAtoZ 2021 ends with this masterful portrait of the unseen phenomenon of caste in America. Isabel Wilkerson explores how America is and has always been shaped by a hidden caste system that influences people's lives and behaviors and the nation's fate. 'Caste' points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions toward hope in our common humanity.

93/94 Drawing on works of philosophy, literature, film, and critical theory, Frank B. Wilderson III shows that the socia...
07/01/2021

93/94 Drawing on works of philosophy, literature, film, and critical theory, Frank B. Wilderson III shows that the social construct of slavery, as seen through pervasive anti-Black subjugation and violence, is hardly a relic of the past but the very engine that powers our civilization, and that without the "master-slave" dynamic, the calculus bolstering world civilization would collapse. 'Afropessimism' delivers a formidable philosphical account of being Black and provides no restorative solution to the hatred that abounds. Wilderson posits that acknowledging these historical and social conditions results in personal enlightenment about the reality of our inherently racialized existence, offering wisdom and painful clarity in the fractured world we inhabit. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

93/94 Drawing on works of philosophy, literature, film, and critical theory, Frank B. Wilderson III shows that the social construct of slavery, as seen through pervasive anti-Black subjugation and violence, is hardly a relic of the past but the very engine that powers our civilization, and that without the "master-slave" dynamic, the calculus bolstering world civilization would collapse. 'Afropessimism' delivers a formidable philosphical account of being Black and provides no restorative solution to the hatred that abounds. Wilderson posits that acknowledging these historical and social conditions results in personal enlightenment about the reality of our inherently racialized existence, offering wisdom and painful clarity in the fractured world we inhabit. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

92/94 Slavery in NYC: Even though slavery had been outlawed by the 1830s, Black New Yorkers were not safe. Not only was ...
07/01/2021

92/94 Slavery in NYC: Even though slavery had been outlawed by the 1830s, Black New Yorkers were not safe. Not only was the city built on the backs of enslaved people, NYC was essential in keeping slavery and the slave trade alive. Taking readers into the bustling streets and posts of America's great Northern metropolis, 'The Kidnapping Club' is a dramatic account of the ties between slavery and capitalism, the deeply corrupt roots of policing, and the strength of Black activism. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

92/94 Slavery in NYC: Even though slavery had been outlawed by the 1830s, Black New Yorkers were not safe. Not only was the city built on the backs of enslaved people, NYC was essential in keeping slavery and the slave trade alive. Taking readers into the bustling streets and posts of America's great Northern metropolis, 'The Kidnapping Club' is a dramatic account of the ties between slavery and capitalism, the deeply corrupt roots of policing, and the strength of Black activism. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

91/94 Anger & Humor. It's on the knife's edge between fury and farce that the essays in this collection balance. In 'How...
07/01/2021

91/94 Anger & Humor. It's on the knife's edge between fury and farce that the essays in this collection balance. In 'How to Make a Slave and Other Essays' Jerald Walker elegantly blends personal revelation and cultural critique. The result is bracing and often humorous. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

91/94 Anger & Humor. It's on the knife's edge between fury and farce that the essays in this collection balance. In 'How to Make a Slave and Other Essays' Jerald Walker elegantly blends personal revelation and cultural critique. The result is bracing and often humorous. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

90/94 Lawrence Reddick: notable African American intellectual, 2nd curator of the Schomburg, colleague of Carter Woodson...
06/30/2021

90/94 Lawrence Reddick: notable African American intellectual, 2nd curator of the Schomburg, colleague of Carter Woodson, mentor of Martin Luther King, Jr., among other accomplishments. David A. Varel tells Reddick's story, reveals the many essential but under-appreciated roles played by intellectuals in the Black freedom struggle, and connects the past to the present in powerful, unforgettable ways. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

90/94 Lawrence Reddick: notable African American intellectual, 2nd curator of the Schomburg, colleague of Carter Woodson, mentor of Martin Luther King, Jr., among other accomplishments. David A. Varel tells Reddick's story, reveals the many essential but under-appreciated roles played by intellectuals in the Black freedom struggle, and connects the past to the present in powerful, unforgettable ways. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

89/94 A fresh perspective on the art and career of Lois Mailou Jones. Tracing Jones' aesthetic transformations along a b...
06/30/2021

89/94 A fresh perspective on the art and career of Lois Mailou Jones. Tracing Jones' aesthetic transformations along a biographical arc, Rebecca VanDiver offers a new framework for thinking about the connection between America and Africa and the role of the African diaspora in the creation of African American artistic identity. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

89/94 A fresh perspective on the art and career of Lois Mailou Jones. Tracing Jones' aesthetic transformations along a biographical arc, Rebecca VanDiver offers a new framework for thinking about the connection between America and Africa and the role of the African diaspora in the creation of African American artistic identity. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

88/94 The impact of the National Urban League is a hotly debated topic in African American social and political history....
06/30/2021

88/94 The impact of the National Urban League is a hotly debated topic in African American social and political history. Joe William Trotter Jr.'s study demonstrates how the organization has relieved suffering and racial inequality in US cities for more than a century, however it also makes clear that the national organization cannot be fully comprehended without a look on the local level. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

88/94 The impact of the National Urban League is a hotly debated topic in African American social and political history. Joe William Trotter Jr.'s study demonstrates how the organization has relieved suffering and racial inequality in US cities for more than a century, however it also makes clear that the national organization cannot be fully comprehended without a look on the local level. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

87/94 PG County. Georgetown. Slavery. For over 70 years and 5 generations, enslaved families of PG County filed hundreds...
06/29/2021

87/94 PG County. Georgetown. Slavery. For over 70 years and 5 generations, enslaved families of PG County filed hundreds of suits for their freedom against a powerful circle of slaveholders. A chronicle of the legal battles waged by enslaved people for their own freedom. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

87/94 PG County. Georgetown. Slavery. For over 70 years and 5 generations, enslaved families of PG County filed hundreds of suits for their freedom against a powerful circle of slaveholders. A chronicle of the legal battles waged by enslaved people for their own freedom. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

86/94 Known as Black Broadway, from the early 1900s -- 1950s, African Americans plagued by Jim Crow laws in other parts ...
06/29/2021

86/94 Known as Black Broadway, from the early 1900s -- 1950s, African Americans plagued by Jim Crow laws in other parts of town built businesses in this "city within a city". Read about Washington's Greater U Street's early triumphs of emancipation through to its recent struggles of gentrification. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

86/94 Known as Black Broadway, from the early 1900s -- 1950s, African Americans plagued by Jim Crow laws in other parts of town built businesses in this "city within a city". Read about Washington's Greater U Street's early triumphs of emancipation through to its recent struggles of gentrification. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

85/94 In this riveting narrative that runs through Caribbean sugarcane fields, Liberian rubber plantations, and Papua Ne...
06/29/2021

85/94 In this riveting narrative that runs through Caribbean sugarcane fields, Liberian rubber plantations, and Papua New Guinean rainforests, 'Pauulu's Diaspora' recognizes a global leader who has largely been absent from scholarship. In doing so, it brings to light little-known relationships among the Black Power, pan-Africanism, and environmental justice movements. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

85/94 In this riveting narrative that runs through Caribbean sugarcane fields, Liberian rubber plantations, and Papua New Guinean rainforests, 'Pauulu's Diaspora' recognizes a global leader who has largely been absent from scholarship. In doing so, it brings to light little-known relationships among the Black Power, pan-Africanism, and environmental justice movements. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

84/94 'White Freedom' traces the complex relationship between freedom and race -- from the 18th c. to today -- revealing...
06/28/2021

84/94 'White Freedom' traces the complex relationship between freedom and race -- from the 18th c. to today -- revealing how being free has meant being white. It provides vital new perspectives on the inherent racism behind our most cherished beliefs about freedom, liberty, and human rights. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

84/94 'White Freedom' traces the complex relationship between freedom and race -- from the 18th c. to today -- revealing how being free has meant being white. It provides vital new perspectives on the inherent racism behind our most cherished beliefs about freedom, liberty, and human rights. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

83/94 The Bible and the Constitution: Susan K. Williams Smith argues that the two texts we count as sacred have not been...
06/28/2021

83/94 The Bible and the Constitution: Susan K. Williams Smith argues that the two texts we count as sacred have not been merely impotent in eliminating racism, they have been used to support and sustain white supremacy. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

83/94 The Bible and the Constitution: Susan K. Williams Smith argues that the two texts we count as sacred have not been merely impotent in eliminating racism, they have been used to support and sustain white supremacy. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

82/94 In this refreshingly candid intellectual autobiography, Robert C. Smith traces the evolution of his consciousness ...
06/28/2021

82/94 In this refreshingly candid intellectual autobiography, Robert C. Smith traces the evolution of his consciousness and identity en route to becoming one of the nation's leading scholars of African American politics, interweaving personal narrative with significant events and cultural flashpoints of the last half of the 20th c. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

82/94 In this refreshingly candid intellectual autobiography, Robert C. Smith traces the evolution of his consciousness and identity en route to becoming one of the nation's leading scholars of African American politics, interweaving personal narrative with significant events and cultural flashpoints of the last half of the 20th c. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

81/94 The events of the past decade force us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. In this series of incisive...
06/27/2021

81/94 The events of the past decade force us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. In this series of incisive essays, Michael Denzel Smith examines the notions of American exceptionalism and the American Dream, confronts the shortcomings, exposes the stark contradictions at the heart of American life, and holds all us to account. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

81/94 The events of the past decade force us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. In this series of incisive essays, Michael Denzel Smith examines the notions of American exceptionalism and the American Dream, confronts the shortcomings, exposes the stark contradictions at the heart of American life, and holds all us to account. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

80/94 A new look at how Baraka's writing on and performance of music envisioned the creation of an African American peop...
06/27/2021

80/94 A new look at how Baraka's writing on and performance of music envisioned the creation of an African American people or nation, as well as the growth and consolidation of a black working class within that nation. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

80/94 A new look at how Baraka's writing on and performance of music envisioned the creation of an African American people or nation, as well as the growth and consolidation of a black working class within that nation. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

79/94 Sun Ra. Wildly prolific.Unfailingly eccentric. Renowned for extravagant performances with his Arkestra. William Si...
06/27/2021

79/94 Sun Ra. Wildly prolific.Unfailingly eccentric. Renowned for extravagant performances with his Arkestra. William Sites focuses on the postwar period of 1946 to 1961 in Chicago when Sun Ra relaunched his career amidst a vast array of intellectual, musical, and political influences and during a time of unorthodox religious and cultural activism. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

79/94 Sun Ra. Wildly prolific.Unfailingly eccentric. Renowned for extravagant performances with his Arkestra. William Sites focuses on the postwar period of 1946 to 1961 in Chicago when Sun Ra relaunched his career amidst a vast array of intellectual, musical, and political influences and during a time of unorthodox religious and cultural activism. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

78/94 A white policeman enters the home of a black man and kills him. The police officer is tried and convicted of mansl...
06/26/2021

78/94 A white policeman enters the home of a black man and kills him. The police officer is tried and convicted of manslaughter. In 1875. The Black Lives Matter movement has been with us for a very long time. A very long time. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

78/94 A white policeman enters the home of a black man and kills him. The police officer is tried and convicted of manslaughter. In 1875. The Black Lives Matter movement has been with us for a very long time. A very long time. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

77/94 The author's father rescues a century's worth of journals, hand-written in French, from a trash hauler's pick up t...
06/26/2021

77/94 The author's father rescues a century's worth of journals, hand-written in French, from a trash hauler's pick up truck - and from the journal's pages emerges a portrait of one of the most important multiethnic, intellectual communities in the US South. Fatima Shaik has written a meticulously detailed nonfiction narrative that reads like an epic novel. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

77/94 The author's father rescues a century's worth of journals, hand-written in French, from a trash hauler's pick up truck - and from the journal's pages emerges a portrait of one of the most important multiethnic, intellectual communities in the US South. Fatima Shaik has written a meticulously detailed nonfiction narrative that reads like an epic novel. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

76/94 Chad Sanders' 'Black Magic' = resilience, creativity, and confidence forged in the experience of navigating Americ...
06/26/2021

76/94 Chad Sanders' 'Black Magic' = resilience, creativity, and confidence forged in the experience of navigating America as a Black man. In moving essays, Sanders dives into his own formative experiences as well as those of Black leaders across industries to explore the risks of self-betrayal and the value of being yourself in predominantly white environments. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

76/94 Chad Sanders' 'Black Magic' = resilience, creativity, and confidence forged in the experience of navigating America as a Black man. In moving essays, Sanders dives into his own formative experiences as well as those of Black leaders across industries to explore the risks of self-betrayal and the value of being yourself in predominantly white environments. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

75/94 'To Make the Wounded Whole' offers the first comprehensive history of African American AIDS activism, introducing ...
06/25/2021

75/94 'To Make the Wounded Whole' offers the first comprehensive history of African American AIDS activism, introducing a diverse constellations of activists who pursued a wide array of grassroots approaches to slow the epidemic's spread and address its impacts. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

75/94 'To Make the Wounded Whole' offers the first comprehensive history of African American AIDS activism, introducing a diverse constellations of activists who pursued a wide array of grassroots approaches to slow the epidemic's spread and address its impacts. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

74/94 Challenging long-standing claims that sonnet writing is primarily a matter of European influence, and referencing ...
06/25/2021

74/94 Challenging long-standing claims that sonnet writing is primarily a matter of European influence, and referencing a century of re-emerged sonnets published in African American newspapers, Hollis Robbins uses the sonnet as a case study for exploring the broader literary history of African American literature. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

74/94 Challenging long-standing claims that sonnet writing is primarily a matter of European influence, and referencing a century of re-emerged sonnets published in African American newspapers, Hollis Robbins uses the sonnet as a case study for exploring the broader literary history of African American literature. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

73/94 Drawing on archival sources, personal papers, and interviews with James Page himself, Larry Eugene Rivers presents...
06/25/2021

73/94 Drawing on archival sources, personal papers, and interviews with James Page himself, Larry Eugene Rivers presents the formerly enslaved man turned religious leader as complex and conflicted: neither an accommodationist mouthpiece for white supremacy nor a calculating schemer fomenting rebellion. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

73/94 Drawing on archival sources, personal papers, and interviews with James Page himself, Larry Eugene Rivers presents the formerly enslaved man turned religious leader as complex and conflicted: neither an accommodationist mouthpiece for white supremacy nor a calculating schemer fomenting rebellion. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

72/94 Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy's blood-soaked victory in the Civil War was ...
06/24/2021

72/94 Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy's blood-soaked victory in the Civil War was ephemeral; that the competing claims of equality and subordination are woven into the nation's fabric and identity. The Old South didn't die. It moved to the West -- where it thrived. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

72/94 Heather Cox Richardson argues in this provocative work that democracy's blood-soaked victory in the Civil War was ephemeral; that the competing claims of equality and subordination are woven into the nation's fabric and identity. The Old South didn't die. It moved to the West -- where it thrived. #MAAHStoneAtoZ

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The Museum of African American History (MAAH) Stone Book Award

The MAAH Stone Book Award encourages scholarship and writing within the field of African American history and culture by awarding a $25,000 prize to the author of an exceptional adult non-fiction book written in a literary style. Starting in 2019, prizes of $2,500 each will also be awarded to two Finalists.

The Award represents a partnership between the Museum of African American History -- Boston and Nantucket -- and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation. The first MAAH Stone Book Award was given to Dr. Tera W. Hunter for ‘Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century” on September 13, 2018 in the historic African Meeting House on Beacon Hill in Boston, MA. The Meeting House is the oldest surviving black church structure in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. It is one of the Museum’s four historic properties.


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