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Understanding the History of Abolition
Understanding the History of Abolition
NEH fellowships awarded by the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society helped Manisha Sinha write The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition. Image courtesy of Yale University Press.

NEH-funded fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society have helped historian Manisha Sinha reach a large, international audience while making significant contributions to the study of American history. Her book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (2016), has helped historians and the public see that nineteenth-century abolitionists were much more than religious reformers at the edges of the political spectrum: they were nuanced people who, as a group, managed to swing the pendulum of our democracy. The book also emphasizes the roles of ordinary people in advancing a social movement. Among other awards, The Slave’s Cause won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute and was longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Project Timeline (scroll for more)
2004

Sinha awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society.

2013

The Abolitionists, an NEH-funded documentary premieres. Sinha acts as a consultant and on-screen expert for the documentary.

2016

Sinha awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society.

*The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition" is published by Yale University Press.

The Slave's Cause is longlisted for the National Book Award in Nonfiction.

Sinha presents The Slave's Cause at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2017

Sinha awarded the Frederick Douglass Book Prize by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University.

Sinha discusses The Slave's Cause on Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast About Early American History.

Sinha awarded the Avery O. Craven Award for Best Book on the Civil War Era by the Organization of American Historians.

2018

Sinha presents The Slave's Cause at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Sinha discusses The Slave's Cause at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library.

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