Andrew Delbanco is 2019 recipient of the Lionel Trilling Book Award

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The honoree is selected annually by a committee of Columbia College students that recognize faculty members for their contributions to academia and publishing.

In awarding the Lionel Trilling Book Award to Andrew Delbanco (English and Comparative Literature), for his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War, the Committee chairs wrote that "Professor Andrew Delbanco’s book struck us as illuminating and engrossing, especially given the lingering vestiges of slavery that affect our current political climate. By synthesizing various sources, it not only offers a comprehensive analysis on the legacy of slavery, but also grapples with the moral and political complexity surrounding these issues.”