Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England won an Honourable Mention for the 2008 Albert B. Corey Prize/Prix Corey from the Canadian Historical Association. The prize is awarded every other year jointly with the American Historical Association to the best book in Canadian-American history. Should the winner of the 2008 Corey Prize (Sharon A. Roger Hepburn, for Crossing the Border: A Free Black Community in Canada, University of Illinois Press, 2007) be unable to fulfill her duties, I’ll be happy to swing into action. Here’s the flattering and generous citation from the CHA:
Abraham in Arms argues that religious ideas about gender and family provided the vital context in which the people of colonial New England, New France, and “Indian Country” understood the cross-cultural warfare between them through the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a richly imaginative and theoretically innovative fusion of religion, gender, family, diplomacy, and war that offers yet another persuasive argument that no study of war can avoid addressing the social role of gender and family life in animating the normative use of violence. It is a book destined to be influential to historians of other times and places.
As you know, “it’s an honor just to have been nominated,” especially by a prize committee who clearly understood my ambitions for this book. Another book also received an Honourable Mention for 2008: Karolyn Smardz Frost, for I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad (Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2007). Congratulations, mes amies, and many thanks! (And they sent me a very handsome certificate, suitable for framing.)