- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - One of the top honors for historians, the Francis Parkman Prize, has been given to Danielle Allen for a close and modern take on the Declaration of Independence.

The Society of American Historians told The Associated Press that Allen had won for “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.” Previous Parkman winners include Robert Caro, David McCullough and Eric Foner.

The society also announced Monday that David Levering Lewis, the Pulitzer Prize- and Parkman-winning historian, received the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for lifetime achievement. The biennial James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction went to Jacinda Townsend’s “Saint Monkey” and Justin Leroy’s “Empire and the Afterlife of Slavery” received the Allan Nevins Prize for best dissertation.

The society is based at Columbia University.

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