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The Bancroft Prize

The Bancroft Prizes are awarded each year by Columbia University in New York City. Under the terms of the will of the late Fredric Bancroft, a provision is made for two annual prizes of equal rank, to be awarded to the authors of distinguished works in either or both of the following categories: American History and Diplomacy. Although works about American history may be about any of the Americas (North, Central, South), the works must have been published in the English language or be available in an English translation.

For more information, please visit the Official Bancroft Prize Web site. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Bancroft Prize Winners

2014    Ira Katznelson
Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time
  Ari Kelman
A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek
2013    W. Jeffrey Bolster
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail
  John Fabian Witt
Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History
2012    Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement
  Anne F. Hyde
Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 18001860
    Daniel T. Rodgers
Age of Fracture
2011  Book Cover  Eric Foner
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
  Sarah Dubow
Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America
    Christopher Tomlins
Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America
2010  Book Cover  Woody Holton
Abigail Adams
  Linda Gordon
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

Margaret D. Jacobs
White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940
2009  Book Cover  Drew Gilpin Faust
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
  Thomas G. Andrews
Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War

Peka Hamalainen
The Comanche Empire
2008    Allan M. Brandt
The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America
  Charles Postel
The Populist Vision

Peter Silver
Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America
2007  Book Cover  Robert D. Richardson
William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism
  Jack Temple Kirby
Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South
2006  Book Cover  Sean Wilentz
The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
  Erskine Clarke
Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic
    Odd Arne Westad
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times
2005    Melvin Patrick Ely
Israel on the Appomatox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom From the 1790s Throught the Civil War
  Michael O'Brien
Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South
    Michael J. Klarman
From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality
2004  Book Cover  Edward L. Ayers
In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863
Book Cover  Steven Hahn
A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration
    George M. Marsden
Jonathan Edwards: A Life
2003    James F. Brooks
Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands
  Alan Gallay
The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717
2002  Book Cover  Alice Kessler-Harris
In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America
  David W. Blight
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
2001  Book Cover  David Nasaw
The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst
  Susan Lee Johnson
Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush
2000  Book Cover  John Dower
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
Book Cover  Linda Gordon
The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction
    James H. Merrell
Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the American Frontier
1999  Book Cover  Ira Berlin
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
  Philip D. Morgan
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Low Country
    Jill Lepore
The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity
1998    Christine Leigh Heyrman
Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt
  Walter LeFeber
The Clash: A History of U.S.-Japan Relations
    Thomas J. Sugrue
The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
1997  Book Cover  James T. Patterson
Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974
  David E. Kyvig
Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U.S. Constitution
1996  Book Cover  Alan Taylor
William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic
Book Cover  David S. Reynolds
Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography
1995    John L. Brooke
The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology
  John Dittmer
Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
1994  Book Cover  Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick
The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800
  Winthrop D. Jordan
Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry Into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy
    David Levering Lewis
The Biography of a Race
1993    Melvin P. Leffler
A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War
  Charles Capper
Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life: Volume 1: The Private Years
1992  Book Cover  Charles Royster
The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans
  William Cronon
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
1991    Lizabeth Cohen
Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939
  Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
A Midwife's tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
1990    James H. Merrell
The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors From European Contact Through the Era of Removal
  Neal R. McMillen
Dark Journey: Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow
1989    Eric Foner
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution: 1863-1877
  Edmund S. Morgan
Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America
1988    Peter Kolchin
Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom
  Michael S. Sherry
The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon
1987    Thomas Doerflinger
A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia
  Roger Lane
Roots of Violence in Black Philadelpha, 1860-1900
1986    Jacqueline Jones
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family From Slavery to the Present
  Kenneth T. Jackson
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States
1985    Kenneth Silverman
The Life and Timese of Cotton Mather
  Suzanne Lebsock
The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town
1984    Louis R. Harlan
Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915
  Paul Starr
The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry
1983    John Putnam Demos
Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England
  Nick Salvatore
Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist
1982    Edward Countryman
A People in Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760-1790
  Mary P. Ryan
Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York
1981    Ronald Steel
Walter Lipmann and the American Century
  Jean Strouse
Alice James: A Biography
1980    Robert Dallek
Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945
  Thomas Dublin
Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860
    Donald Worster
Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s
1979    Christopher Thorne
Allies of a Kind: The United States, Britain, and the War Against Japan, 1941-1945
  Anthony F.C. Wallace
Rockdale: The Growth of an American Village in the Early Industrial Revolution
1978    Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
  Morton J. Horwitz
The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860
1977    Alan Dawley
Class and Community: The Industrial Revolution in Lynn
  Robert A. Gross
The Minutemen and Their World
    Barry W. Higman
Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834
1976    David Brion Davis
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823
  R.W.B. Lewis
Edith Wharton: A Biography
1975    Robert William Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman
Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery and Time on the Cross: Evidence and Methods -- a Supplement
  Alexander L. George and Richard Smoke
Deterrence in American Foreign Policy
    Eugene Genovese
Roll, Jordan, Roll
1974    Ray Allen Billington
Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Scholar, Teacher
  Townsend Hoopes
The Devil and John Foster Dulles
    Stephan Thernstrom
The Other Bostonians: Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis, 1880-1970
1973    Frances Fitzgerald
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
  John Lewis Gaddis
The United States and the Origins of the Cold War
1972    Carl N. Degler
Neither Black Nor White
  Robert Middlekauff
The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728
    Samuel Eliot Morison
The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages
1971  Book Cover  Joseph Frazier Wall
Andrew Carnegie
  Eric Barnouw
The Image Empire: A History of Broadcasting in the United States, Volume III -- From 1953
    David M. Kennedy
Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger
1970  Book Cover  Dan T. Carter
Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South
  Charles Coleman Sellers
Charles Wilson Peale
    Gordon S. Wood
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787
1969    Winthrop D. Jordan
White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812
  N. Gordon Levine, Jr.
Woodrow Wilson and World Politics: America's Response to War and Revolution
    Rexford Guy Tugwell
The Brains Trust
1968    Henry Allen Bullock
A History of Negro Education in the South From 1619 to the Present
  Richard L. Bushman
From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765
    Bernard Bailyn
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
1967    William W. Freehling
Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836
  Charles Sellers
James K. Polk, Continentalist, 1843-1846
    James Sterling Young
The Washington Community, 1800-1828
1966    Richard B. Morris
The Peacemakers: The Great Powers and American Independence
  Theodore W. Friend III
Between Two Empires: The Ordeal of the Philippines, 1926-1946
1965    Bradford Perkins
Castlereagh and Adams: England and the United States, 1812-1823
  William B. Willcox
Portrait of a General: Sir Henry Clinton in the War of Independence
    Dorothy Borg
The United States and the Far Eastern Crisis of 1933-1938
1964  Book Cover  William E. Leuchtenberg
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940
  John L. Thomas
The Liberator: William Lloyd Garrison
    Paul Seabury
Power, Freedom and Diplomacy: The Foreign Policy of the United States of America
1963    Page Smith
John Adams
  Roberta Wohlstetter
Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision
    John C. Stoessinger
The Might of Nations: World Politics in Our Time
1962    Lawrence A. Cremin
The Transformation of the School
  Felix Gilbert
To the Farewell Address: Ideas of Early American Foreign Policy
    Martin B. Duberman
Charles Francis Adams, 1807-1866
1961    Merrill D. Peterson
The Jefferson Image in the American Mind
  Arthur S. Link
Wilson: The Struggle for Neutrality, 1914-1915
1960    Margaret Leech
In the Days of McKinley
  R.R. Palmer
The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800
1959    Daniel J. Boorstein
The Americans: The Colonial Experience
  Ernest Samuels
Henry Adams: The Middle Years
1958    Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
The Crisis of the Old Order
  Frank Luther Mott
A History of American Magazines, Volume IV
1957    George F. Kennan
Russia Leaves the War
  Arthur S. Link
Wilson: The New Freedom
1956    Elizabeth Stevenson
Henry Adams
  J.G. Randall and Richard N. Current
Last Full Measure: Lincoln the President
1955    Paul Horgan
Great River: The Rio Grande
  Leonard D. White
The Jacksonians
1954    Clinton Rossiter
Seedtime of the Republic
  William L. Langer and S. Everett Gleason
The Undeclared War
1953    George Dangerfield
The Era of Good Feelings
  Eric F. Goldman
Rendezvous With Destiny
1952    Merlo J. Pusey
Charles Evans Hughes
  C. Vann Woodward
Origins of the New South, 1877-1913
1951    Henry N. Smith
Virgin Land
  Arthur N. Holcombe
Our More Perfect Union
1950    Herbert E. Bolton
  Lawrence H. Gipson
The Great War for the Empire: Volume VII: The Victorious Years
1949    Robert E. Sherwood
Roosevelt and Hopkins
  Samuel E. Morrison
The Rising Sun in the Pacific
1948  Book Cover  Bernard DeVoto
Across the Wide Missouri
  Allan Nevins
Ordeal of the Union

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