John Johnson, department head and professor of history, (319) 273-2097
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --John W. Johnson, professor and head of the University of Northern Iowa's Department of History, has received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Society for History in the federal government. The Jefferson Award was presented to Johnson earlier this year during a ceremony in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The Jefferson Award is given by the society every two years to the author or editor of the 'best reference work on the history of the federal government.' Johnson received the award for the second edition of his more than 1,000 page, two-volume reference work, 'Historic U.S. Court Cases: An Encyclopedia.' Johnson's reference work contains over 200 original essay-entries on court cases in more than 300 years of American history. The essays were prepared by experts on American history and law.
Johnson also received the Jefferson Award in 1994 for the first edition of 'Historic U.S. Court Cases.'