Richard Beeman wins George Washington Book Prize


Washington College is pleased to announce that the sixth annual George
Washington Book Prize has been awarded to Richard Beeman for /Plain,
Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution/ (Random House,
2009). Beeman, author of five previous books on the history of
revolutionary America, received the $50,000 prize on May 20, at a
black-tie dinner at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

The jury of scholars who chose Beeman’s book as a finalist from among 62
nominees described it as “the fullest and most authentic account of the
Constitutional Convention ever written.” They also praised the author
for his clear, accessible prose and his mission “to instill a sense of
stewardship among twenty-first century Americans, urging them to see the
Constitution as not only a durable document, but a living one,
unfettered by original intentions.”

The George Washington Book Prize is sponsored by a partnership of three
institutions devoted to furthering scholarship on America’s founding
era: Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American
History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The $50,000 prize is the
nation’s largest literary award for early American history, and one of
the largest prizes of any kind.

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