"This remarkable work by an outstanding faculty member makes history accessible in an exciting new way."--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
UMBC Historian Awarded Highest Prize for Civil War Research
March 1, 2001--The first e-Lincoln Prize for Civil War research has been awarded to UMBC assistant professor of history Anne Rubin for Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of War, an innovative website created during Rubin's graduate studies at the University of Virginia.
The e-Lincoln Prize is the high-tech counterpart to the prestigious Lincoln Prize, established in 1989 and awarded annually for the finest scholarly works in English on the Civil War era.
Hailed as "a model for digital history" by the e-Lincoln judges, Valley of the Shadow allows visitors to explore antebellum life in two contrasting communities--one in Pennsylvania, the other in Virginia--in a 200-mile corridor of land where some of the fiercest battles of the Civil War were fought. It provides access to diaries, letters, newspaper accounts, military records, maps, census data, and other sources gathered over 10 years of research.
The website http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vshadow2 has received numerous awards, and the project has been profiled in publications as diverse as Wired, The New York Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Rubin shares the $40,000 prize with her University of Virginia colleagues and co-creators, Edward Ayers and William Thomas. Valley of the Shadow, a book/CD-ROM based on the website, is published by W. W. Norton and the University of Virginia.