Hines Prize

The Hines Prize is awarded to the best new scholarly publication by a first-time author relating to any aspect of the Carolina Lowcountry and/or the Atlantic World. The prize carries a cash award of $1,000 and preferential consideration by the University of South Carolina Press for the CLAW Program’s book series.

The 2017 Hines Prize – Winner Announced

The College of Charleston’s Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) program’s biennial Hines Prize has been awarded to Michael Schoeppner for his manuscript entitled Regulating Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America. Schoeppner’s work is the first to examine the role of the Negro Seaman Acts in the Atlantic World. It highlights the pivotal role that African-Americans, especially maritime workers, played in the development of federal citizenship rights.

The prize, endowed by former College of Charleston Dean Samuel Hines, is awarded every other year for the best first manuscript on a topic relating to the Carolina Lowcountry and/or Atlantic World.

Previous winners of the Hines Prize:


For a full listing of the books in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World USC Press Series, see http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/claw.html.