The Richards Prize for the best article in each volume year of The Journal of the Civil War Era is named in honor of George and Ann Richards, generous benefactors of Penn State’s Civil War Era Center, which is the editorial home of the journal. The editors of the journal created the $1,000 Richards Prize in 2011 to recognize George and Ann Richards for their contribution to the center that now bears their name and to Civil War era scholarship generally.
2016 – Mark E. Neely, Jr., “Guerrilla Warfare, Slavery, and the Hopes of the Confederacy,” Volume 6, Number 3 (September)
2015 – Millington W. Bergeson-Lockwood, “‘We Do Not Care Particularly About Skating Rinks’: African Americans Challenges to Racial Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation in Nineteenth-Century Boston, Massachusetts,” Volume 5, Number 2 (June)
2014 – Ted Maris-Wolf, “‘Of Blood and Treasure’: Recaptive Africans the Politics of Slave Trade Suppression,” Volume 4, Number 1 (March)
2013 – Thavolia Glymph, “Rose’s War and the Gendered Politics of Slave Insurgency in the Civil War,” Volume 3, Number 4 (December)
2012 – Carole Emberton, “‘Only Murder Makes Men’: Reconsidering the Black Military Experience,” Volume 2, Number 3 (September)
2011 – Anne E. Marshall, “The 1906 Uncle Tom’s Cabin Law and the Politics of Race and Memory in Early Twentieth Century Kentucky,” Volume 1, Number 3 (September)