Pulitzer Prizes for History

J. J. Jusserand, winner
of the first Pulitzer
for History, in 1917
The Pulitzer Prize for History has been presented since 1917 for a distinguished book about the history of the United States. It is, then, one of the original Pulitzers. The Pulitzer Prize program has also recognized some historical work with its Biography prize, from 1917, and its General Non-Fiction prize, from 1952. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

Finalists have been announced in the History category since 1980. These are indicated with an "F"; winners in the same years are designated with a "W."

No award was given in 1919, 1984, and 1994; two prizes were given in 1989.

You can read more about some of the more recent winners and finalists at the Pulitzer site.

1917: With Americans of Past and Present Days (Jean Jules Jusserand)
1918: A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 (James Ford Rhodes)
1919: No award given

1920: The War with Mexico (Justin H. Smith)
1921: The Victory at Sea (William Sowden Sims and Burton J. Hendrick)
1922: The Founding of New England (James Truslow Adams)
1923: The Supreme Court in United States History (Charles Warren)
1924: The American Revolution: A Constitutional Interpretation (Charles Howard McIlwain)
1925: History of the American Frontier (Frederic L. Paxson)
1926: A History of the United States (Edward Channing [5 of 6 Vol])
1927: Pinckney's Treaty (Samuel Flagg Bemis)
1928: Main Currents in American Thought (Vernon Louis Parrington)
1929: The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861–1865 (Fred Albert Shannon)

1930: The War of Independence (Claude H. Van Tyne)
1931: The Coming of the War, 1914 (Bernadotte E. Schmitt)
1932: My Experiences in the World War (John J. Pershing)
1933: The Significance of Sections in American History (Frederick J. Turner)
1934: The People's Choice (Herbert Agar)
1935: The Colonial Period of American History (Charles McLean Andrews)
1936: A Constitutional History of the United States (Andrew C. McLaughlin)
1937: The Flowering of New England, 1815–1865 (Van Wyck Brooks)
1938: The Road to Reunion, 1865–1900 (Paul Herman Buck)
1939: A History of American Magazines (Frank Luther Mott)

1940: Abraham Lincoln: The War Years (Carl Sandburg)
1941: The Atlantic Migration, 1607–1860 (Marcus Lee Hansen)
1942: Reveille in Washington, 1860–1865 (Margaret Leech)
1943: Paul Revere and the World He Lived In (Esther Forbes)
1944: The Growth of American Thought (Merle Curti)
1945: Unfinished Business (Stephen Bonsal)
1946: The Age of Jackson (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
1947: Scientists Against Time (James Phinney Baxter III)
1948: Across the Wide Missouri (Bernard DeVoto)
1949: The Disruption of American Democracy (Roy Franklin Nichols)

1950: Art and Life in America (Oliver W. Larkin)
1951: The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period 1815–1840 (R. Carlyle Buley)
1952: The Uprooted (Oscar Handlin)
1953: The Era of Good Feelings (George Dangerfield)
1954: A Stillness at Appomattox (Bruce Catton)
1955: Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History (Paul Horgan)
1956: The Age of Reform (Richard Hofstadter)
1957: Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917–1920 (George F. Kennan)
1958: Banks and Politics in America (Bray Hammond)
1959: The Republican Era: 1869–1901 (Leonard D. White and Jean Schneider)

1960: In the Days of McKinley (Margaret Leech)
1961: Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference (Herbert Feis)
1962: The Triumphant Empire: Thunder-Clouds Gather in the West, 1763–1766 (Lawrence H. Gipson)
1963: Washington, Village and Capital, 1800–1878 (Constance McLaughlin Green)
1964: Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town (Sumner Chilton Powell)
1965: The Greenback Era (Irwin Unger)
1966: The Life of the Mind in America (Perry Miller)
1967: Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West (William H. Goetzmann)
1968: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Bernard Bailyn)
1969: Origins of the Fifth Amendment (Leonard W. Levy)

1970: Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department (Dean Acheson)
1971: Roosevelt: The Soldier Of Freedom (James MacGregor Burns)
1972: Neither Black nor White (Carl N. Degler)
1973: People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization (Michael Kammen)
1974: The Americans: The Democratic Experience (Daniel J. Boorstin)
1975: Jefferson and His Time (Dumas Malone)
1976: Lamy of Santa Fe (Paul Horgan)
1977: The Impending Crisis, 1848–1861 (David M. Potter (Completed and edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher)
1978: The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business (Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.)
1979: The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics (Don E. Fehrenbacher)

1980: (W) Been in the Storm So Long (Leon F. Litwack)
1980: (F) The Plains Across (John B. Unruh)
1980: (F) The Urban Crucible (Gary B. Nash)
1981: (W) American Education: The National Experience, 1783–1876 (Lawrence A. Cremin)
1981: (F) A Search for Power: The 'Weaker Sex' in Seventeenth Century New England (Lyle Koehler)
1981: (F) Over Here: The First World War and American Society (David M. Kennedy)
1982: (W) Mary Chesnut's Civil War (C. Vann Woodward)
1982: (F) Power and Culture: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1945 (Akira Iriye)
1982: (F) White Supremacy: A Comparative Study in American & South African History (George M. Frederickson)
1983: (W) The Transformation of Virginia, 1740–1790 (Rhys L. Isaac)
1983: (F) Southern Honor: Ethics & Behavior in the Old South (Bertram Wyatt-Brown)
1983: (F) The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (Robert L. Middlekauff)
1984: No award given
1985: (W) Prophets of Regulation (Thomas K. McCraw)
1985: (F) The Crucible of Race (Joel Williamson)
1985: (F) The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians (Francis Paul Prucha)
1986: (W) ...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age (Walter A. McDougall)
1986: (F) Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America (Kerby A. Miller)
1986: (F) Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present (Jacqueline Jones)
1986: (F) Novus Ordo Seclorum: the Intellectual Origins of the Constitution (Forrest McDonald)
1987: (W) Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution (Bernard Bailyn)
1987: (F) Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (David J. Garrow)
1987: (F) Eisenhower: At War, 1943-1945 (David Eisenhower)
1988: (W) The Launching of Modern American Science, 1846–1876 (Robert V. Bruce)
1988: (F) The Fall of the House of Labor (David Montgomery)
1988: (F) The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System (Charles E. Rosenberg)
1989: (W) Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (James M. McPherson) (two winners)
1989: (W) Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954–1963 (Taylor Branch) (two winners)
1989: (F) A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (Neil Sheehan)
1989: (F) Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (Eric Foner)

1990: (W) In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines (Stanley Karnow)
1990: (F) American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm 1870-1970 (Thomas P. Hughes)
1990: (F) The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume IV: From the American Revolution to World War I (Hugh Honour)
1991: (W) A Midwife's Tale (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich)
1991: (F) America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink (Kenneth M. Stampp)
1991: (F) Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 (Lizabeth Cohen)
1991: (F) The Civil Rights Era: Origins and Development of National Policy (Hugh David Graham)
1992: (W) The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties (Mark E. Neely, Jr.)
1992: (F) A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs (Theodore Draper)
1992: (F) Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (William Cronon)
1992: (F) Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century (John Frederick Martin)
1992: (F) The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (Richard White)
1993: (W) The Radicalism of the American Revolution (Gordon S. Wood)
1993: (F) Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (Garry Wills)
1993: (F) The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction (Edward L. Ayers)
1994: No award given; the Finalists were:
1994: (F) Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (Gerald Posner)
1994: (F) Crime and Punishment in American History (Lawrence M. Friedman)
1994: (F) William Faulkner and Southern History (Joel Williamson)
1995: (W) No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
1995: (F) Lincoln in American Memory (Merrill D. Peterson)
1995: (F) Stories of Scottsboro (James Goodman)
1996: (W) William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic (Alan Taylor)
1996: (F) Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb (Richard Rhodes)
1996: (F) The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic (Lance Banning)
1997: (W) Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (Jack N. Rakove)
1997: (F) Founding Mothers and Fathers (Mary Beth Norton)
1997: (F) The Battle for Christmas (Stephen Nissenbaum)
1998: (W) Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (Edward J. Larson)
1998: (F) Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America (J. Anthony Lukas)
1998: (F) Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History (Rogers M. Smith)
1999: (W) Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace)
1999: (F) In a Barren Land: American Indian Dispossession and Survival (Paula Mitchell Marks)
1999: (F) The New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age (William E. Burrows)

2000: (W) Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945 (David M. Kennedy)
2000: (F) Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier (James H. Merrell)
2000: (F) The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America (Kevin Phillips)
2001: (W) Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Joseph J. Ellis)
2001: (F) The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (Alexander Keyssar)
2001: (F) Way Out There in the Blue (Frances FitzGerald)
2002: (W) The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America (Louis Menand)
2002: (F) Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and the Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation (J. William Harris)
2002: (F) Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America (Daniel K. Richter)
2003: (W) An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942–1943 (Rick Atkinson)
2003: (F) At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America (Philip Dray)
2003: (F) Rereading Sex: Battles Over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth Century America (Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz)
2004: (W) A Nation Under Our Feet (Steven Hahn)
2004: (F) Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center (Daniel Okrent)
2004: (F) They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 (David Maraniss)
2005: (W) Washington's Crossing (David Hackett Fischer)
2005: (F) Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age (Kevin Boyle)
2005: (F) Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860, volumes 1 & 2 (Michael O'Brien)
2006: (W) Polio: An American Story (David Oshinsky)
2006: (F) New York Burning (Jill Lepore)
2006: (F) The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln (Sean Wilentz)
2007: (W) The Race Beat (Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff)
2007: (F) Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (Nathaniel Philbrick)
2007: (F) Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 (James T. Campbell)
2008: (W) What Hath God Wrought: the Transformation of America, 1815–1848 (Daniel Walker Howe)
2008: (F) Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power (Robert Dallek)
2008: (F) The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (David Halberstam)
2009: (W) The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Annette Gordon-Reed)
2009: (F) The Liberal Hour: Washington and the Politics of Change in the (G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot)
2009: (F) This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Drew Gilpin Faust)

2010: (W) Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (Liaquat Ahamed)
2010: (F) Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Gordon S. Wood)
2010: (F) Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City (Greg Grandin)
2011: (W) The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (Eric Foner)
2011: (F) Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Stephanie McCurry)
2011: (F) Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston (Michael J. Rawson)
2012: (W) Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Manning Marable)
2012: (F) Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (Richard White)
2012: (F) Empires, Nations & Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860 (Anne F. Hyde)
2012: (F) The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden (Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan)
2013: (W) Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Fredrik Logevall)
2013: (F) Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (John Fabian Witt)
2013: (F) The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 (Bernard Bailyn)

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