Bennett H. Wall Award

Award Description

The Bennett H. Wall Award was established in 2000 to honor the long-term service of Bennett Wall, who served as Secretary-Treasurer of the SHA for over thirty-three years (1952-1985), and as SHA President in 1988. In keeping with Professor Wall's own scholarly contribution to southern history, the Wall Prize will be awarded to the best book published in southern business or economic history over a two-year period. The next award will be made at the annual meeting in 2022 in Baltimore, MD, for a book published in 2022 or 2023. Entries should be submitted to the committee members before March 1, 2024.

2024 Award Committee

Peter Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chair
419 Hamilton Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Kari Frederickson, University of Alabama
ten Hoor Hall 202, Box 870212
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0212

Calvin Schermerhorn, Arizona State University
Coor Hall 4572, 975 S. Myrtle Avenue, Box 874302
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ 85287

2026 Award Committee

Shennette Garrett-Scott, Tulane University, Chair
Brandon Winford, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Alison Collis Greene, Emory University

Past Winners

2022 - Timothy Minchin
America’s Other Automakers: A History of the Foreign-Owned Automotive Sector in the United States, University of Georgia Press, 2021

2020 - Shennette Garrett-Scott
Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S Finance Before the New Deal, Columbia University Press, 2019

2018 - Keri Leigh Merritt
Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South, Cambridge University Press, 2017

2016 - N. D. B. Connolly
A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, University of Chicago Press, 2014

2014 - Kari Frederickson
Cold War Dixie: Militarization and Modernization in the American South, University of Georgia Press, 2013

2012 - Rebecca Sharpless
Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens, 1865-1960, University of North Carolina Press, 2010

2010 - Brian Schoen
The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009

2008 - Jack Temple Kirby
Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South, University of North Carolina Press, 2006

2006 - Steven Deyle
Carry Me Back: Domestic Slave Trade in American Life, Oxford University Press, 2005

2004 - Jonathan D. Martin
Divided Mastery: Slave Hiring in the American South, Harvard University Press, 2004

2002 - Curtis J. Evans
The Conquest of Labor: Daniel Pratt and Southern Industrialization, Louisiana State University Press, 2001