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Seven Finalist Named for $50K George Washington Prize (Washington College)

Kent County News

July 11, 2019


Seven books published in 2018 by historians have been named finalists for the 2019 George Washington Prize.

The annual award recognizes the past year’s best written works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of early American history, a news release states.

“A gifted historian sheds light on the present as well as the past,” said Adam Goodheart, director of Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, one of the prize’s three cosponsors. “Each of these seven authors helps illuminate a nation still struggling to understand and define itself after nearly two and a half centuries. We at Washington College — whose own history goes back to the nation’s founding — are pleased to honor them.”

Created in 2005 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Washington College, the $50,000 George Washington Prize is one of the nation’s largest literary awards.

“Written to engage a wide public audience, the books provide a ‘go-to’ reading list for anyone interested in learning more about George Washington, his contemporaries and the founding of the United States of America,” the release states.

The winner of the prize will be announced, and all finalists recognized, at a black-tie gala on Oct. 24 at the Union League Club in New York City. More information about the George Washington Prize is available at mountvernon.org/gwprize.