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Andrés Ramos Mattei—Neville Hall Article Prize

The ACH congratulates Anne Eller our 2018 Andrés Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Article Prize Winner!

The Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Andrés Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Article Prize in recognition of excellence in the field of Caribbean history. The committee awarded this year’s prize to Anne Eller (Yale University) for “Rumors of Slavery: Defending Emancipation in a Hostile Caribbean,” which was published in the American Historical Review 3, no. 1 (2017): 653–679. She was present at the 50th Annual Conference in Barbados to accept her award.

The committee, chaired by Randy Browne (Xavier University), praised Eller's elegantly written and richly nuanced account of the role that rumors and fears of re-enslavement played in 19th-century Santo Domingo/the Dominican Republic. Focusing on one of the least-studied periods in Dominican history, Eller deftly engaged a wide range of challenging sources and multiple bodies of scholarship to illuminate the many ways that a commitment to defending emancipation from both domestic and external threats was at the heart of Dominican politics—a narrative that has until now been alternately erased and forgotten. Eller succeeded not only in changing the way we understand post-emancipation Dominican history on its own terms but also in thoroughly illuminating connections across imperial and geographic boundaries, in the process exemplifying the possibilities for rigorous trans-Caribbean scholarship. Eller had previously received an honorable mention for “‘All would be equal in the effort’: Santo Domingo's ‘Italian in Revolution’, Independence, and Haiti, 1809-1822,” Journal of Early American History 1, no. 2 (2011): 105-41.  

The Andrés Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall prize was launched in 1996 and is a biennial award for the best article in the field of Caribbean History. The award is named jointly for late ACH members Puerto Rican historian Andres Antonio “Tony” Ramos Mattei (1941-1988) and Jamaican historian Neville Hall (1936-1986).

For more information on the winning publication please visit:
https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article/122/3/653/3862789

If you would like more information on the award, please contact the ACH Secretary-Treasurer at achsecretary@gmail.com. The next award will be made at the 52nd Annual Conference in 2020. The call for submissions will be issued after the 51st Annual Conference in 2019 and will cover publications in 2018 and 2019.