Faculty member wins award for forthcoming book

Susan M. Abram, an adjunct history faculty member at Western Carolina University, is recipient of the 2013 Anne B. & James B. McMillan Prize from the University of Alabama Press for her forthcoming book, tentatively titled “The Forging of a Cherokee-American Alliance in the Creek War: From its Creation to its Betrayal.”

Susan M. Abram

Susan M. Abram

The University of Alabama Press Faculty Editorial Board, which consists of scholars from all Alabama public universities that award a doctoral degree, confers the endowed prize on the basis of scholarly excellence.

The board has awarded the prize, which includes a cash award and full publication of the work, annually since 1995 to the manuscript chosen as Most Deserving in Alabama or Sothern History or Culture.

“Susan Abram’s study of the Cherokee-American alliance in the Creek War exemplifies and continues the tradition of superlative scholarship the McMillan award was established to honor,” said Curtis Clark, UAP director. “As Alabama approaches the bicentennial of its statehood, Abram’s work sheds new light on the pivotal events that shaped the territory’s path to statehood and the shared history and relationships between Alabama’s diverse populations.”

The McMillan prize was established to honor James B. McMillan, founding director of the University of Alabama Press, former chairman of the university’s English department and a renowned dialectologist. The prize has recognized books on such diverse topics as Southern Baptists, civil rights, religion, Alabama politics, southern missionaries and southeastern archaeology.