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History Professor Wins Multiple Awards for Groundbreaking Book on Slave Trade

Gregory O'MalleyAssociate professor of history Gregory O’Malley has been honored with four awards this year for his latest book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807.

The book examines the dispersal of African captives throughout the Americas after their initial arrival from Africa.

The UC Santa Cruz historian traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, in November to pick up his most recent award, the 2015 Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award from the Southern Historical Association, in recognition of “the most distinguished book in southern history published in 2014.”

This past summer, he flew to the Bahamas to pick up the 2015 Elsa Goveia Book Prize in Caribbean History. Given by the Association of Caribbean Historians, this award is presented once every two years for the best book (in English, Spanish, French, or Dutch) in the field of Caribbean history.

“O’Malley transforms our understanding of the dynamics of the slave trade in the New World and redraws the map of the final destinations of forced African immigrants during the slave trade era,” noted the Elsa Goveia Book Prize committee.

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