CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Professor Wins Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award for Historical Article

Date: 05-14-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico history professor Michael Magliari has been awarded a prestigious prize for his article on Native American slavery that appeared last year in a leading West Coast history journal.

The Pacific Historical Review has awarded Magliari the Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award for his article “Free State Slavery: Bound Indian Labor and Slave Trafficking in California’s Sacramento Valley, 1850–1864,” published in the May 2012 issue. The article examines Native American labor and slave trafficking in the Sacramento Valley and their contribution to California’s rise as a major agricultural producer.

As the official journal of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, the Pacific Historical Review publishes the latest scholarship in American and Pacific history.

Named for the journal’s former managing editor Louis Knott Koontz, who held the post from 1936 to 1947, the award is given each year to the author of the most deserving contribution to the journal. The winner is selected by the editorial board and receives $750 prize and a formal announcement in the journal.

Magliari has taught history at CSU, Chico since 1990 and published numerous other articles as well as a book, “John Bidwell and California: The Life and Writings of a Pioneer, 1841-1900.” He will be presented with the award at the Pacific Coast Branch’s annual meeting on Aug. 10 in Denver.

“Free State Slavery” is available online at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/phr.2012.81.2.155.