Bancroft Prize

madison handMadison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention by Professor of Law and Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar Mary Sarah Bilder has been named one of the winners of the 2016 Bancroft Prize, considered to be among the most prestigious awards in the field of American history writing. Bilder’s book uses digital technology and textual analysis to study how James Madison revised his notes on the event, thereby challenging the belief that Madison’s version of the 1787 Constitutional Convention was an objective contemporaneous account. The annual Bancroft Prize was established at Columbia University in 1948 .Winners are judged in terms of the scope, significance, depth of research, and richness of interpretation they present in the areas of American history and/or diplomacy. Read more in the New York Times and Boston Globe.

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