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Snead Essay Award

The Edwin S. Snead, III essay awards are intended to foster student research in early American history. Every year, awards are given to the best essay written in a beginning, an intermediate and an advanced course. The essays must involve interpretation of primary sources and focus on fresh ideas or unusual actions initiated in early America that have had a positive effect on our lives today and made for a better America and a brighter future. Special consideration will be given to essays that mention or feature George Washington, use the online Snead Collection of Early American Newspapers and cast new light on a familiar subject. Although the essays must be historical in nature, they may be written in courses outside the history department.

2016 Snead Essay Award Winners

Nick MacManus, "The Government was Negligent of the Paxton Community"

Paige Hammond, "Murdering Mothers in Ipswich County Massachusetts"

JC Rowe, "James Monroe, John Danson, and the Populace: Spotsylvania County and the Virginia Ratifying Convention"