The Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy Department is pleased to announce The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens (Alfred A. Knopf) has won the 2017 Caroline Bancroft History Prize.
An American Genocide: The United States And The California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 by Benjamin Madley (Yale University Press) and The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) were named as honor books in the competition.
According to the terms of the will of the late Caroline Bancroft, a provision is made for an annual prize "to be awarded to the author of the best book on Colorado or Western American History." The prize serves to recognize books that make a significant contribution to historical knowledge, present thorough and original research, bring a new perspective to some well-known question, and are of a high literary quality.
Congratulations to Peter Cozzens, Benjamin Madley and Andrés Reséndez!