The Haitian Revolution was the subject of the winning student paper in this year’s Middlesworth Award competition sponsored by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. At a November 15 reception in the Biddle Rare Book Room at Perkins Library, Professor Ian Baucom presented the award to Daniel Singer for his paper entitled “Ideological Tidal Waves in the Caribbean: The Haitian Revolution and its Effects on the United States and Virginia, 1791-1810.” Singer wrote the paper for Reeve Huston in History 196s, “American Democracy in the 19th Century.”
Runner-up Julie Yang was recognized for her paper, “American Advertising Regulation and Children from Johnson to Reagan.” In making the presentation, Professor Laura Edwards praised Yang for her skillful synthesis of materials and ideas. Three students received honorable mention for their work: Kristen Davis for “Whitman’s Home-Grown Poem,” Laura Fravel for “La Theorie et La Pratique du Jardinage: An Examination of 18th Century French Formal Garden Design through the Writing of Dezallier d’Argenville,” and Madeline McKeever for “The James Fowler Rusling Papers: Navigating Civil War Pension Claims in Postbellum America.”
The Chester P. Middlesworth Award was established in 1988 to encourage and recognize excellence in research, analysis, and writing by Duke University students in their use of primary sources and rare materials held by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Both undergraduates and graduate/professional students are eligible to submit papers for consideration. Funding for the award is provided through an endowment created by Chester P. Middlesworth T’49, who was for many years the publisher of the Record and Landmark in Statesville, North Carolina.
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