A recent book by Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora was named best book of 2015 by the South Carolina Historical Society. Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763, published by the University of North Carolina Press, reveals the ways the Anglo-Cherokee War reshaped the colonial south. Tortora explores how the war with the Cherokees fueled colonists’ fear of slave revolt.

Tortora received the George C. Rogers Jr. Award, presented annually to the author of the best book of South Carolina history published during the previous year. The award is named in memory of George C. Rogers Jr. (1922-1997), longtime professor of history at the University of South Carolina, who was widely regarded as “the dean of South Carolina historians.”