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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.

If your press has a book (or books) that you’d like to nominate for the Sulzby Award, please send three copies to the following address:


Jim Day

Station 6117

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL 35115


Please send submissions as soon as possible and no later than January 15, 2024.



List of Sulzby Award winners:



Huff, Mary Elizabeth Johnson and Carole Ann King. Alabama Quilts: Wilderness through World War II, 1682 – 1950. University Press of Mississippi, 2020. 



Ashmore, Susan Youngblood and Lisa Lindquist-Dorr. Alabama Women: Their Lives and Times. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2017.


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 Valley, 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.

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