The new prize will recognize a first book, which best exemplifies the values of the Crader Family Endowment for American Values: individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue, said Dr. Wayne Bowen, chair of Southeast’s Department of History. The field and subject matter are open to any area of United States, European or Latin American history, but must examine the historical development of the political, religious and economic heritage of Western Civilization, or events directly related to them. The prize includes an honorarium of $1,000.
To be eligible, each book must be peer-reviewed, published by an academic, university or commercial press in 2010, 2011 or 2012, written by a sole author, and be a single work, rather than an edited collection or anthology, Bowen said. Works that are self-published, in languages other than English, or only exist as e-books will not be considered. The deadline for submission is Nov. 1. The author must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Publishers may nominate as many works as they believe meet this criteria and should submit five copies of each book to be considered to: Dr. Wayne Bowen, Department of History chair, Crader Book Prize Committee, One University Plaza – MS 2960, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.
The Crader Family Endowment for American Values exists within the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, is managed by the chair of the Department of History and is dedicated to education, research and public engagement in the historical traditions of the United States of America and Western Civilization.
The endowment is designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of the political, religious and economic heritage of this nation and the West, and the values of individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue that are at the foundation of this society, Bowen said. The endowment is named in honor of the Crader family. Don, Saundra, Stan and Debbie Crader of Marble Hill and Jackson, Mo., have made a commitment to support its efforts and are its initial primary financial sponsors.