History Major Jacob Anbinder & Yale Historical Review, awarded the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize from the American Historical Association

October 27, 2014
We are delighted to announce that history major Jacob Anbinder, along with the Yale Historical Review, has been award the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize from the American Historical Association. The AHA is the nation’s largest and most significant professional association of historians, and the Cunningham prize is its highest award for undergraduate writing.
Jacob wrote his prize winning paper, “The South Shall Ride Again: The Origins of MARTA and the Making of the Urban South,” in Glenda Gilmore’s seminar on The American South, 1870-present (HIST 139J). The Yale Historical Review published the essay in its Spring 2013 issue. Jacob graduated from Yale in May 2014 and is currently working as a policy associate at The Century Foundation.
Jacob and the editors of the Yale Historical Review will receive their award this January in New York at the AHA’s annual conference. For more, see the press release below.
Big congratulations to everyone involved in this effort! 

For immediate Release: October 22, 2014 
Yale University Recent Graduate Wins the American Historical Association’s 
2014 Raymond J. Cunningham Prize 
Washington, DC— Jacob Anbinder (BA ’14, Yale University) has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for his article, “The South Shall Ride Again: The Origins of MARTA and the Making of the Urban South” (The Yale Historical Review 2, no. 3 (Spring 2013): 37–57). The Cunningham Prize is awarded annually in recognition of the best article published in a history department journal written by an undergraduate student. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 129th Annual Meeting in New York, NY, January 2-5, 2015. 
Anbinder’s article was selected by a prize review committee of AHA members including Cindy Hahamovitch, Chair (Coll. of William and Mary), George B. Forgie (Univ. of Texas, Austin), Cynthia V. Hooper (Coll. of the Holy Cross), Bonnie Miller (Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston), and Amrita Chakrabarti Myers (Indiana Univ.). 
“Anbinder’s meticulous analysis, based on extensive primary and secondary sources, demonstrates how a chronological study of Atlanta’s transportation system (MARTA) can provide rich insight into the race and class issues impacting the city’s economic development,” noted Cindy Hahamovitch, 2014 Raymond J. Cunningham Prize committee chair and professor of history at William & Mary. 
The Cunningham prize was established in memory of Raymond J. Cunningham, an associate professor of history at Fordham University. 
The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The AHA provides leadership for the discipline, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain and enhance the work of its members. As the largest organization of historians in the United States, the AHA is comprised of over 13,000 members and serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area. For further information, visit www.historians.org or call 202-544-2422.