Pulitzer Prize History Winners

I’ve always loved history. It’s probably what started me onto archaeology. But, as I notice that I haven’t actually read anything on this list, I realize that I need to get on it. Enjoy the list; click on the title to take you to the official Pulitzer Prize website.

Pulitzer Prize History Winners (1917-present)

2013 Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
2012 Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable
2011 The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
2010 Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
2009 The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
2008 “What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848” by Daniel Walker Howe
2007 The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
2006 Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
2005 Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
2004 A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
2003 An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
2002 The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand
2001 Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
2000 Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy
1999 Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
1998 Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson
1997 Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by Jack N. Rakove
1996 William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic by Alan Taylor
1995 No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
1993 The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
1992 The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely
1991 A Midwife’s Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
1990 In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow
1989 Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson
1989 Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch
1988 The Launching of Modern American Science 1846-1876 by Robert V. Bruce
1987 Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution by Bernard Bailyn
1986 …the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age by Walter A. McDougall
1985 Prophets of Regulation by Thomas K. McCraw
1983 The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 by Rhys L. Isaac
1982 Mary Chesnut’s Civil War edited by C. Vann Woodward
1981 American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876 by Lawrence A. Cremin
1980 Been in the Storm So Long by Leon F. Litwack
1979 The Dred Scott Case by Don E. Fehrenbacher
1978 The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business by Alfred D. Chandler
1977 The Impending Crisis, 1841-1867 by David M. Potter
1976 Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan
1975 Jefferson and His Time, Vols. I-V by Dumas Malone
1974 The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin
1973 People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael Kammen
1972 Neither Black Nor White by Carl N. Degler
1971 Roosevelt: The Soldier Of Freedom by James MacGregor Burns
1970 Present At The Creation: My Years In The State Department by Dean Acheson
1969 Origins of the Fifth Amendment by Leonard W. Levy
1968 The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn
1967 Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West by William H. Goetzmann
1966 The Life of the Mind in America by the late Perry Miller
1965 The Greenback Era by Irwin Unger
1964 Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town by Sumner Chilton Powell
1963 Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 by Constance McLaughlin Green
1962 The Triumphant Empire: Thunder-Clouds Gather in the West 1763-1766 by Lawrence H. Gipson
1961 Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference by Herbert Feis
1960 In the Days of McKinley by Margaret Leech
1959 The Republican Era: l869-1901 by Leonard D. White
1958 Banks and Politics in America by Bray Hammond
1957 Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-1920 by George F. Kennan
1956 The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter
1955 Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History by Paul Horgan
1954 A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
1953 The Era of Good Feelings by George Dangerfield
1952 The Uprooted by Oscar Handlin
1951 The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period 1815-1840 by R. Carlyle Buley
1950 Art and Life in America by Oliver W. Larkin
1949 The Disruption of American Democracy by Roy Franklin Nichols
1948 Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard Devoto
1947 Scientists Against Time by James Phinney Baxter 3rd
1946 The Age of Jackson by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
1945 Unfinished Business by Stephen Bonsal
1944 The Growth of American Thought by Merle Curti
1943 Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Esther Forbes
1942 Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865 by Margaret Leech
1941 The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 by Marcus Lee Hansen
1940 Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by Carl Sandburg
1939 A History of American Magazines by Frank Luther Mott
1938 The Road to Reunion, 1865-1900 by Paul Herman Buck
1937 The Flowering of New England 1815-1865 by Van Wyck Brooks
1936 A Constitutional History of the United States by Andrew C. McLaughlin
1935 The Colonial Period of American History by Charles McLean Andrews
1934 The People’s Choice by Herbert Agar
1933 The Significance of Sections in American History by Frederick J. Turner
1932 My Experiences in the World War by John J. Pershing
1931 The Coming of the War 1914 by Bernadotte E. Schmitt
1930 The War of Independence by Claude H. Van Tyne
1929 The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 by Fred Albert Shannon
1928 Main Currents in American Thought, 2 vols. by Vernon Louis Parrington
1927 Pinckney’s Treaty by Samuel Flagg Bemis
1926 A History of the United States by Edward Channing
1925 History of the American Frontier by Frederic L. Paxson
1924 The American Revolution — A Constitutional Interpretation by Charles Howard McIlwain
1923 The Supreme Court in United States History by Charles Warren
1922 The Founding of New England by James Truslow Adams
1921 The Victory at Sea by William Sowden Sims in collaboration with Burton J. Hendrick
1920 The War with Mexico, 2 vols. by Justin H. Smith
1918 A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 by James Ford Rhodes
1917 With Americans of Past and Present Days by His Excellency J.J. Jusserand


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