The winner of the 2019 CDA Book Award was American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, written by Victoria Johnson (center).

Since 1951, the Society has recognized books of merit that chronicle American history, life, and material culture by giving an Annual Award to the author of an outstanding work and a Citation to a second well-received book. The CDA also presents an award to a book written for Young Readers.


The Book Award Committees of CDA’s forty Chapters throughout the United States and abroad read approximately fifty books a year.  The books must be non-fiction, in one volume, and published during the previous year.  Both author and publisher must be American.  Voting takes place in March, and the Award and Citations are presented at the CDA Annual Awards Dinner during the CDA Annual Meeting weekend, where the winning author often speaks.