Historian Will Thomas' book "A Question of Freedom" was named a finalist for the 2021 George Washington Prize by the Mount Vernon organization.
The prize honors outstanding new works on George Washington and the relevant time period, circa 1760-1820, that reach a broad audience, are elegantly crafted and intellectually rigorous, and contribute substantially to the understanding of America's revolution.
Thomas is a professor in the Department of History and John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences. His book is about enslaved families in Maryland who sued for their freedom in the decades after the American Revolution and was published by Yale University Press in November. It previously earned the Mark Lynton History Prize.