Ralph Waldo Emerson Award

Given by Phi Beta Kappa Society

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Winner 66

Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took On a World at War by Deborah Cohen2023
All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles2022
South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L Baumgartner2021
Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom by Sarah A. Seo2020
The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America by Sarah E. Igo2019
Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 by Mike Wallace2018
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Kai Hinton2017
The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe by E.M. Rose2016
The Parthenon Enigma by Joan Breton Connelly2015
Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg2014
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan2013
Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse by Jay Rubenstein2012
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder2011
Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy by Susan M. Reverby2010
The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning by Peter Trachtenberg2009
Muhammad's Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society by Leor Halevi2008
Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis2007
American Curiosity by Susan Scott Parrish2006
Absolute Destruction by Isabel V. Hull2005
The End of the Soul by Jennifer Michael Hecht2004
The Eye of the Lynx by David Freedberg2003
Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours by Fredric L. Cheyette2002
Van Gogh and Gauguin by Debora Silverman2001
The Holocaust in American Life by Peter Novick2000
A History of Madness in Sixteenth-Century Germany by H. C. Erik Midelfort1999
The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity by Jill Lepore1998
Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity by Steven B. Smith1997
Codex Telleriano-Remensis by Eloise Quinones Keber1996
The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336 by Caroline Walker Bynum1995
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis1994
Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States by Theda Skocpol1993
The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood1992
In Search of Human Nature: The Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought by Carl N. Degler1991
America's Rome, Volume 1: Classical Rome by William L. Vance1990
America's Rome, Volume 2: Catholic and Contemporary Rome by William L. Vance1990
The Body and Society by Peter Brown1989
The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925 by David Montgomery1988
Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 by Alfred W. Crosby1987
The World of Thought in Ancient China by Benjamin I. Schwartz1986
The Crucible of Race: Black-White Relations in the American South since Emancipation by Joel Williamson1985
A Rage for Order: Black-White Relations in the American South since Emancipation (Galaxy Books) by Joel Williamson1985
Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture by David G. Roskies1984
The War Within: From Victorian to Modernist Thought in the South, 1919-1945 by Daniel Joseph Singal1983
Philosophical Explanations by Robert Nozick1982
White Supremacy: A Comparative Study of American and South African History by George M. Fredrickson1981
Utopian Thought in the Western World by Frank E. Manuel1980
The printing press as an agent of change by Elizabeth L. Eisenstein1979
The Rise of American Philosophy: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1860-1930 by Bruce Kuklick1978
Peasants into Frenchmen: The Modernization of Rural France, 1870-1914 by Eugen Weber1977
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell1976
The Venture of Islam, Volume 1: The Classical Age of Islam by Marshall G. S. Hodgson1975
Venice: A Maritime Republic by Frederic Chapin Lane1974
Reflections on the Causes of Human Misery and Upon Certain Proposals to Eliminate Them by Barrington Moore1973
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls1972
American convictions; cycles of public thought, 1600-1850 by Charles A. Barker1971
Love and Will by Rollo May1970
Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider by Peter Gay1969
White over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812 by Winthrop D. Jordan1968
Children of Crisis: A Study of Courage and Fear by Robert Coles1967
The Career of Philosophy, Vol. 2: From the German Enlightenment to the Age of Darwin by John Herman Randall1966
O Strange New World by Howard Mumford Jones1965
Race: The History of an Idea in America by Thomas F. Gossett1964
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter1963
Freedom in the Ancient World by Herbert Joseph Muller1962
Mysticism and Philosophy by W. T. Stace1961
Philosophy and the Modern World by Albert William Levi1960

Shortlist 23

Wild New World: The Epic Story of Animals and People in America by Dan Flores2023
The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family by Kerri K. Greenidge2023
Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance by Joseph Luzzi2023
Come Back in September: A Literary Education on West Sixty-Seventh Street, Manhattan by Darryl Pinckney2023
All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles2022
Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance by Mia Bay2022
The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World by Linda Colley2022
Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America by Nicole Eustace2022
Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness by Elizabeth D. Samet2022
South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L Baumgartner2021
Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War by Vincent Brown2021
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.2021
The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson2021
Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt2021
The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America by Nicholas Buccola2020
America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee2020
Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson2020
Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs by Camilla Townsend2020
The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind by Justin Driver2019
The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman2019
When Montezuma Met Cort├ęs: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History by Matthew Restall2019
Action versus Contemplation: Why an Ancient Debate Still Matters by Jennifer Summit2019
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen2017


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