Book on Tracing Slave Trade Through Abolitionist Art Wins Smithsonian Book Prize


University of Virginia art history professor Maurie McInnis has been awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art for her book “Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade,” published in 2011 by the University of Chicago Press. The book focuses on a painting by Eyre Crowe of a slave auction in Richmond.

McInnis completed work on the book while in residence as a VFH Fellow during 2009-2010. VFH Senior Fellow Bill Freehling wrote on publication that this “brilliant integration [of art and cultural studies] brings a new dimension to our understanding of American slavery.” Another VFH friend and former Fellow, Ed Ayers, wrote, “With ingenious research and imaginative writing,  Maurie McGinnis unites places and facets of life too seldom joined.”

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