As you might imagine, I read a lot of history, and one of the best books I’ve read in the last year is Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade by Maurie D. McInnis. Happily, the Library of Virginia also loves the book, presenting McInnis with its 2012 Literary Award for Nonfiction:
The judges called it a beautiful book about an ugly subject, combining art history and social history—aesthetic discernment and pioneering archival and archaeological research—to present new insights about slavery and the slave trade in Richmond; Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; and New Orleans.
McInnis, who teaches at the University of Virginia, finished the book as a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
IMAGES: Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond Virginia by Eyre Crowe, 1861 (Collection of Teresa Heinz)