Malcolm Book Nominated for Pulitzer Prize

Yale University Press has nominated a new book by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, Peter's War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution, to receive the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in the category of U.S. History.

Peter's War tells the story of a nineteen-month-old negro slave boy, Peter, sold to a Massachusetts couple in 1765. Joining the Patriot army at the age of 12, Peter goes on to fight in the Revolutionary War battles of Bunker Hill, Saratoga, and Yorktown and later gains his freedom in return for his military service. Malcolm researched and wrote the book after finding the 1765 bill of sale in a Massachusetts library and becoming intrigued by the sale of so young a child without his mother.

Reacting to news of the nomination, Malcolm said, "I am honored and delighted that Peter's War has been nominated for this prize.  It was an exciting piece of detective work to uncover Peter's life and world and to try to evoke it for readers.  I loved the doing of it."

The prestigious Pulitzer Prize has been awarded annually since 1917 and currently honors achievement in newspaper journalism, literature, and musical composition. Named for its founder, journalist and newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the prize is administered by Columbia University. Award winners are chosen by an independent board.

Read about the book

Read an interview with Malcolm in the Boston Globe

Website for the book