The following represents the acceptance speech for the Watson Brown Prize for the best book published on the Civil War era in the calendar year 2018. Tad Brown, president of the Watson-Brown Foundation, awarded the prize to Amy Murrell Taylor for her book Embattled Freedom, published by UNC Press. These remarks were given at the annual banquet of the Society of Civil War Historians (SCWH), held during the Southern Historical Association annual meeting on November 8, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. The SCWH judges and administers the book prize.
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1. I am grateful to the prize committee for reading and appreciating the book and to Tad Brown and the Watson-Brown Foundation for its incredible generosity and support of scholarship and teaching on the Civil War era. I also want to thank the Richards Center and its faculty and staff (especially the amazing Barby Singer) for making this all possible.
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