The James F. Sulzby Book Award

The Alabama Historical Association sponsors the James F. Sulzby Award to honor the founding president and longtime secretary of the Association. The prize recognizes excellence in a book published in the
previous two years that has made the most significant contribution to greater knowledge and appreciation of Alabama history.

The next Sulzby Award will be given in 2019. Check back here for more information closer to date.

List of Sulzby Award winners:


Haveman, Christopher D. Rivers of Sand: Creek Indian Emigration, Relocation, and Ethnic Cleansing in the American South. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. 

​Downs, Matthew L. Transforming the South: Federal Development in the Tennessee Valey, 1915-1960. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2014. 

Maxwell, Jerry H. The Perfect Lion: The Life and Death of Confederate Artillerist John Pelham. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011.


Reverby, Susan M. Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009.


Diouf, Sylviane A. Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America. New York: The Oxford University Press, 2007.


Flynt, Wayne. Alabama in the Twentieth Century.Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2004.


Thornton, J. Mills. Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002.

Fitzgerald, Michael W. Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890. Baton Rouge: Lousiana University Press, 2003.


Manis, Andrew. A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1999.


Dupre, Daniel S. Transforming the Cotton Frontier: Madison County, Alabama, 1800-1840. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1997.


Carter, Dan T. The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995.


Rogers, William Warren; Robert David Ward, Leah Rawls Atkins, Wayne Flynt. Alabama, The History of a Deep South State. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994.


Thomas, Mary Martha. The New Woman in Alabama: Social Reforms and Suffrage, 1890-1920. University of Alabama Press, 1992.


Flynt, Wayne. Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1989.


Hamilton, Virginia Van der Veer. Lister Hill: Statesman from the South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987.


Sims, George E. The Little Man's Big Friend: James E. Folsom in Alabama Politics, 1946-1958. University of Alabama Press, 1985.


Ellison, Rhoda. Bibb County, Alabama: The First Hundred Years. University of Alabama Press.


Johnson, Evans C. Oscar W. Underwood: A Political Biography. LSU Press, 1980.


Mathis, Ray. John Horry Dent. South Carolina Aristocrat on the Alabama Frontier. University of Alabama Press, 1979.

Thornton, J. Mills, III. Politics and Power in a Slave Society. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1978.