On April 13, the Alabama Historical Association honored NewSouth Books authors Dan Haulman and Mary Ann Neeley with awards acknowledging their scholarship and contribution to state history.
Haulman received the Milo B. Howard award for his article “The Tuskegee Airmen and the ‘Never Lost A Bomber’ Myth,’” published in the January 2011 Alabama Review and then released as an ebook by NewSouth Books. Ed Bridges, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, told The Montgomery Advertiser that Haulman was “an amazing researcher.”
In the introduction to his ebook, Haulman discusses how disproving the Airmen’s perfect record initially seemed controversial to other historians, but they came to understand that by verifying the Airmen’s record, history would be better able to appreciate the Airmen’s accomplishments overall.
Neeley received the Clinton Jackson Coley Award for her book The Works of Matthew Blue, Montgomery’s First Historian. She told the Alabama Historical Association’s Martin Olliff in an interview that she finds Matthew Blue an interesting historical figure because it was only after he lost his influential job as Montgomery postmaster that he began documenting the history of the city — Blue’s loss, in essence, was history’s gain.
The Alabama Review’s Leah Rawls Atkins said Neeley’s revival of Blue’s works, extensively annotated in Neeley’s book, “should be in major research libraries in the nation and included in most of Alabama’s public and academic collections.”
Congratulations to both our authors for their accomplishments.
Books by Dan Haulman: