Pulitzer Prize Finalists

The best thing about the current perspectives on history is that they are starting to encompass those who were previously left out of the dialogue; minority groups, women, and victims are starting to come out of the woodwork and tackle their own views on history. Enjoy the list below, and click on the underlined link to go to the official Pulitzer Prize website.

Pulitzer Prize Finalists for History (1980-present)

2013 The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn
2013 Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History by John Fabian Witt
2012 Empires, Nations & Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860 by Anne F. Hyde
2012 The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan
2012 Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White
2011 Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South by Stephanie McCurry
2011 Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston by Michael Rawson
2010 Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin
2010 Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S. Wood
2009 The Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
2009 The Liberal Hour: Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s by G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot
2008 Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power by Robert Dallek
2008 The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
2007 Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 by James T. Campbell
2007 Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
2006 New York Burning by Jill Lepore
2006 The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz
2005 Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle
2005 Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860, volumes 1 & 2 by Michael O’Brien
2004 They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October1967 by David Maraniss
2004 Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center by Daniel Okrent
2003 At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America by Philip Dray
2003 Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth Century America by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
2002 Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and the Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation by J. William Harris
2002 Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America by Daniel K. Richter
2001 Way Out There in the Blue by Frances FitzGerald
2001 The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States by Alexander Keyssar
2000 Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier by James H. Merrell
2000 The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America by Kevin Phillips
1999 The New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age by William E. Burrows
1999 In a Barren Land: American Indian Dispossession and Survival by Paula Mitchell Marks
1998 Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America by J. Anthony Lukas
1998 Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History by Rogers M. Smith
1997 Founding Mothers and Fathers by Mary Beth Norton
1997 The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum
1996 The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic by Lance Banning
1996 Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb by Richard Rhodes
1995 Stories of Scottsboro by James Goodman
1995 Lincoln in American Memory by Merrill D. Peterson
1994 Crime and Punishment in American History by Lawrence M. Friedman
1994 Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK by Gerald Posner
1994 William Faulkner and Southern History by Joel Williamson
1993 The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction by Edward L. Ayers
1993 Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills
1992 Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon
1992 A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs by Theodore Draper
1992 Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century by John Frederick Martin
1992 The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 by Richard White
1991 Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 by Lizabeth Cohen
1991 The Civil Rights Era: Origins and Development of National Policy by Hugh David Graham
1991 America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink by Kenneth M. Stampp
1990 The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume IV: From the American Revolution to World War I by Hugh Honour
1990 American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm 1870-1970 by Thomas P. Hughes
1989 Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
1989 A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
1988 The Fall of the House of Labor by David Montgomery
1988 The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America’s Hospital System by Charles E. Rosenberg
1987 Eisenhower: At War, 1943-1945 by David Eisenhower
1987 Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow
1986 Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present by Jacqueline Jones
1986 Novus Ordo Seclorum: the Intellectual Origins of the Constitution by Forrest McDonald
1986 Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America by Kerby A. Miller
1985 The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians by Francis Paul Prucha
1985 The Crucible of Race by Joel Williamson
1983 The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert L. Middlekauff
1983 Southern Honor: Ethics & Behavior in the Old South by Bertram Wyatt-Brown
1982 White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American & South African History by George M. Frederickson
1982 Power and Culture: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1945 by Akira Iriye
1981 Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David M. Kennedy
1981 A Search for Power: The ‘Weaker Sex’ in Seventeenth Century New England by Lyle Koehler
1980 The Urban Crucible by Gary B. Nash
1980 The Plains Across by John B. Unruh


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