Bancroft Prize Winners

Complete list of Bancroft Prize Winners

The Bancroft Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University— two to three annual prizes of equal rank
to be awarded to the authors of distinguished works in either or both of the following categories:
American History (including biography) and Diplomacy.

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Year Author Title
2013 W. Jeffrey Bolster The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail
2012 Anne F. Hyde


Daniel T. Rodgers

Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800–1860

Age of Fracture

Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement
2011 Eric Foner
Sara Dubow
Christopher Tomlins
The Fiery Tale
Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America
Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America
2010 Linda Gordon
Woody Holton
Margaret D. Jacobs
Dorthea Lang: a Life Beyond Limits
Abigail Adams
White Mother to a Dark Race

2009 Thomas G. Andrews Killing For Coal : America's deadliest labor war

2008 Allan M. Brandt The Cigarette Century : the Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America
2008 Allan M. Brandt The Cigarette Century : the Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America
2008 Charles Postel The Populist Vison
2008 Peter Silver Our Savage Neighbors : How Indian War Transformed Early America
2007 Robert D. Richardson William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism
2007 Jack Temple Kirby Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South
2006 Erskine Clarke Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic
2006 Odd Arne Westad The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times
2005 Melvin Patrick Ely Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War
2005 Michael J. Klarman From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality
2005 Michael O'Brien Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860
2004 Edward L. Ayers In The Presence Of Mine Enemies: War In The Heart Of America, 1859-1863
2004 Steven Hahn A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles In The Rural South From Slavery To The Great Migration
2004 George M. Marsden Jonathan Edwards: A Life
2003 James F. Brooks Captives And Counsins: Slavery, Kinship, And Community In The Southwest Borderlands
2003 Alan Gallay The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise Of The English Empire In The American South, 1670-1717
2002 David W. Blight Race And Reunion: The Civil War In American Memory
2002 Alice Kessler-Harris In Pursuit Of Equity: Women, Men, And The Quest For Economic Citizenship In 20th-Century America
2001 Susan Lee Johnson Roaring Camp: The Social World Of The California Gold Rush
2001 David Nasaw The Chief: The Life Of William Randolph Hearst
2000 John Dower Embracing Defeat: Japan in the wake of World War II
2000 Linda Gordon The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction
2000 James Hart Merrell Into the American Woods: negotiators on the Pennsylvania frontier
1999 Ira Berlin Many Thousands Gone: the first two centuries of slavery in North America
1999 Jill Lepore The Name of War: King Philip's War and the origins of American identity
1999 Philip Morgan Slave Counterpoint
1998 Christine Leigh Heyrman Southern Cross: the beginnings of the Bible Belt
1998 Walter Lafeber The Clash: a history of U.S.-Japan relations
1998 Thomas Sugrue The Origins of the Urban Crisis
1997 David Kyvig Explicit and Authentic Acts
1997 James Patterson Grand Expectations: the United States, 1945-1974
1996 David S. Reynolds Walt Whitman's America: a cultural biography
1996 Alan Taylor William Cooper's Town
1995 John Brooke The Refiner's Fire
1995 John Dittmer Local People
1994 Stanley Elkins and Eric McKintrick The Age of Federalism
1994 Winthrop Jordan Tumult and Silence at Second Creek
1994 David Levering Lewis W. E. B. DuBois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1911
1993 Charles Capper Margaret Fuller
1993 Melvyn Leffler A Preponderence of Power
1992 William Cronon Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
1992 Charles Royster The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans
1991 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich A Midwife's Tale: the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812
1991 Lizabeth Cohen Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939
1990 Neil McMillen Dark Journey
1990 James Merrell The Indian's New World
1989 Eric Foner RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA'S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION: 1863-1877
1989 Edmund S. Morgan INVENTING THE PEOPLE: THE RISE OF POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA
1988 Michael S. Sherry THE RISE OF AMERICAN AIR POWER: THE CREATION OF ARMAGEDDON
1988 Peter Kolchin UNFREE LABOR: AMERICAN SLAVERY AND RUSSIAN SERFDOM
1987 Thomas Doerflinger A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise
1987 Roger Lane Roots of Violence in Black Philadelphia, 1860-1900
1986 Kenneth Jackson Crabgrass Frontier
1986 Jacqueline Jones Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow
1985 Suzanne Lebsock The Free Women of Petersburg
1985 Kenneth Silverman The Life and Times of Cotton Mather
1984 Louis Harlan Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee
1984 Paul Starr Social Transformation of American Medicine
1983 John Demos Entertaining Satan
1983 Nick Salvatore Eugene V. Debs
1982 Edward Countryman A People in Revolution
1982 Mary Ryan Cradle of the Middle Class
1981 Ronald Steel Walter Lippmann and the American Century
1981 Jean Strouse Alice James
1980 Robert Dallek FDR and American Foreign Policy
1980 Thomas Dublin Women at Work
1979 Christopher Thorne Allies of a Kind
1979 Anthony Wallace Rockdale
1978 Alfred Chandler, Jr The Visible Hand
1978 Morton Horwitz The Transformation of American Law
1977 Alan Dawley Class and Community
1977 Robert Gross The Minutemen and Their World
1976 David Brion Davis The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution 1770-1823
1976 R. W. B. Lewis Edith Wharton
1975 Robert William Fogel and Stanley Enerman Time on the Cross
1975 Eugene Genovese Roll, Jordan, Roll
1975 Alexander George and Richard Smoke Deterrence in American Foreign Policy