The Edwin S. Snead, III Essay Awards are intended to foster student research in early American history. Every year awards are given to the best essay written in a beginning, an intermediate and an advanced course. The essays must involve interpretation of primary sources and focus on fresh ideas or unusual actions initiated in early America that have had a positive effect on our lives today and made for a better America and a brighter future. Special consideration is given to essays that mention or feature George Washington, use the online Snead Collection of Early American Newspapers and cast new light on a familiar subject. Although the essays must be historical in nature, they may be written in courses outside the history department.

The Edwin S. Snead Essay Awards in early Amercan history were given in April 2008 for the following undergraduate papers:

Advanced Student:
Anthony G. Galasso, Jr.*
"The Two-Fold Cord: Abigail Adams' Conception of the Relationship between Politics and Religion"
History 400 paper written for Professor Holton

Intermediate Student:
Genna Murray
"As They Lay Dying: The Last Words of Christian Native American Men and Women in Colonial America"
History 300 paper written for Professor Holton

Beginning Student:
Anne Harmer
"Thomas Jefferson's Defense of the Treaties with France"
History 100 paper written for Professor Halperin

*Anthony Galasso graduated in December 2007 and is not pictured.