Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta After World War II, the 2012 book by Francoise N. Hamlin, has received two prestigious literary honors: the 2013 Lillian Smith Book Award and the 2012 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize. The Lillian Smith award was established by the Southern Regional Council shortly after Smith’s death in 1966. Internationally acclaimed as author of the controversial novel, Strange Fruit (1944), Smith was among the most liberal and outspoken of white mid-20th-century Southern writers on issues of social and racial injustice. The award is now administered by the University of Georgia Libraries. The Berkshire Conference for Women Historians awards two prizes annually for both the best first book published in any field of history by a woman, and the best first book published in the fields of the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality by a woman. Hamlin is the Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Brown.

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