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Elna Green was given the Thompson Award for her article "Hidden in Plain View: Eugene Poulnot and the History of Southern Radicalism," which was judged the best article published in the Florida Historical Quarterly during the calendar year 2006.  In presenting the award, the editors noted, "The committee cited the depth of the research, the presentation of new material and the clarity of writing as reasons for choosing this article for the award."

Charles Upchurch published Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform with University of California Press. "This book fills an aching gap in the history of male homosexuality in Britain, the mid-years of the nineteenth century. Charles Upchurch shows the importance of this period in foreshadowing what was to come in the greater dramas of the late century, signaled by Wilde's disastrous fall. But more than this, the book refuses to see homosexuality as a thing apart. Its history is firmly located in a dense history of families, communities, rapid change, new forms of policing, and social reform. The result is a compelling account that illuminates dark corners, and throws new light on the familiar. It is a major contribution to our understanding of sex between men in a period of dramatic change."—Jeffrey Weeks, author of The World We Have Won: The Remaking of Erotic and Intimate Life

Frederick R. Davis published The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology with Oxford University Press.  "Davis gives us a picture of what it meant to be a naturalist in the twentieth century, and he ties Carr to the long tradition of naturalists going back to Linnaeus. But he does a lot more. He ties natural history to ecology, environmental science, and conservation biology. Carr is a perfect subject for doing this, and the book gives a wonderful picture of how closely these subjects are interrelated."-- Paul Farber, Professor of History of Science, Oregon State University

Graduate student Kevin Kokomoor won the 2010 Arthur W. Thompson Award for the most outstanding article in the Florida Historical Quarterly in 2009. “A Re-assessment of Seminoles, Africans, and Slavery on the Florida Frontier,” appeared in the Fall of 2009, Volume 88, no.2.