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U.Va. Historian Michael Holt Is Honored In Lincoln Prize Competition For His "Rise And Fall Of The American Whig Party"

February 14, 2000 -- Michael F. Holt, chair of the history department at the University of Virginia, has been named winner of a $10,000 second prize in the prestigious Lincoln Prize history-book competition for his recently published study, "The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War."

Holt’s massively researched book, published by Oxford University Press, is a comprehensive history of the Whig party and the American political setting in the years before the Civil War.

The annual Lincoln Prizes, for books on Lincoln and the Civil War, will be presented in New York on April 18. A $40,000 first prize will be shared by Allen Guelzo of Eastern College in Pennsylvania for "Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President" and John Hope Franklin of Duke University and Loren Schweninger of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for "Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation."

The jurored prize is administered by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute of Gettysburg.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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