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Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard DeVoto1948
Ordeal of the Union, Volume I: Fruits of Manifest Destiny, 1847-1852 by A. Nevins1948
Ordeal of the Union, Volume II: A House Dividing, 1852-1857 by Allan Nevins1948
The Rising Sun in the Pacific: 1931-April 1942 by Samuel Eliot Morison1949
Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History by Robert E. Sherwood1949
Coronado: Knight of Pueblos and Plains by Herbert Eugene Bolton1950
The Victorious Years, 1758-1760 by Lawrence Henry Gipson1950
Our More Perfect Union: From Eighteenth-Century Principles to Twentieth-Century Practice by Arthur N. Holcombe1951
Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth by Henry Nash Smith1951
Charles Evans Hughes by Merlo J. Pusey1952
Origins of the New South, 1877-1913 by C. Vann Woodward1952
The Era of Good Feelings by George Dangerfield1953
Rendezvous with Destiny: A History of Modern American Reform by Eric F. Goldman1953
Seedtime of the Republic by Clinton Rossiter1954
The Undeclared War, 1940-1941 by William L. Langer1954
Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History. Vol. 1, Indians and Spain. Vol. 2, Mexico and the United States. 2 vols. in one by Paul Horgan1955
The Jacksonians: A Study in Administrative History, 1829-1861 by Leonard D. White1955
Henry Adams: A Biography by Elizabeth Stevenson1956
Lincoln the President: Last Full Measure by J. G. Randall1956
Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-1920, Vol 1 by George F. Kennan1957
Wilson: The New Freedom (Wilson, Vol 2) by Arthur S. Link1957
The Crisis of the Old Order, 1919-1933 by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.1958
The Americans: The Colonial Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin1959
Henry Adams: The Middle Years by Ernest Samuels1959
The Age of the Democratic Revolution, Vol. 1: The Challenge by R. R. Palmer1960
In the Days of McKinley by Margaret Leech1960
The Jefferson Image in the American Mind by Merrill D. Peterson1961
Wilson: the struggle for neutrality, 1914-1915 by Arthur S. Link1961
Charles Francis Adams, 1807-1886 by Martin B. Duberman1962
To the Farewell Address: Ideas of Early American Foreign Policy by Felix Gilbert1962
Transformation of the School: Progressivism in American Education 1876-1957 by Lawrence Cremin1962
John Adams by Page Smith1963
The Might of Nations: World Politics in Our Time by John George Stoessinger1963
Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision by Roberta Wohlstetter1963
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940 by William E. Leuchtenburg1964
Power, Freedom, and Diplomacy: The Foreign Policy of the United States of America by Paul Seabury1964
Castlereagh and Adams: England and the United States, 1812-1823 by Bradford Perkins1965
Portrait of a General: Sir Henry Clinton in the War of Independence by William Bradford Willcox1965
The United States and the Far Eastern Crisis of 1933-1938: From the Manchurian Incident Through the Initial Stage of the Undeclared Sino-Japanese War by Dorothy Borg1965
Between Two Empires: The Ordeal of the Philippines, 1929-1946 by Theodore Friend1966
The Peacemakers: The Great Powers and American Independence by Richard Brandon Morris1966
James K. Polk, Vol. 2: Continentalist, 1843-1846 by Charles Grier Sellers1967
Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836 by William W. Freehling1967
The Washington Community, 1800-1828 by James Sterling YoungHistory, 1967
From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 by Richard L. Bushman1968
A History of Negro Education in the South, From 1619 to the Present by Henry Allen Bullock1968
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn1968
The Brains Trust: A First-Hand Narrative of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Nomination and Election by Rexford G. Tugwell1969
White over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812 by Winthrop D. Jordan1969
Woodrow Wilson and World Politics: America's Response to War and Revolution by N. Gordon Levin Jr.1969
Charles Willson Peale by Charles Coleman Sellers1970
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood1970
Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South by Dan T. Carter1970
Andrew Carnegie by Joseph Frazier Wall1971
Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger by David M. Kennedy1971
The Image Empire: A History of Broadcasting in the United States, Vol. 3: From 1953 by Erik Barnouw1971
The European Discovery of America: Vol 1: The Northern Voyages A.D. 500-1600 by Samuel Eliot Morison1972
The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596-1728 by Robert Middlekauff1972
Neither Black Nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States by Carl N. Degler1972
Booker T. Washington: The Making of a Black Leader, 1856-1901 by Louis R. Harlan1973
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald1973
The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947 by John Lewis Gaddis1973
The Devil and John Foster Dulles by Townsend Hoopes1974
Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Scholar, Teacher by Ray Allen Billington1974
The Other Bostonians: Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis, 1880-1970 by Stephan Thernstrom1974
Deterrence in American Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice by Alexander L. George1975
Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made by Eugene D. Genovese1975
Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery by Robert William Fogel1975
Edith Wharton: A Biography by R. W. B. Lewis1976
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823 by David Brion Davis1976
Class and Community: The Industrial Revolution in Lynn by Alan Dawley1977
The Minutemen and Their World by Robert A. Gross1977
Slave population and economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834 by B. W. Higman1977
The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860 by Morton J. Horwitz1978
The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business by Alfred D. Chandler Jr.1978
Allies of a Kind: The United States, Britain, and the War Against Japan, 1941-1945 by Christopher Thorne1979
Rockdale: The Growth of an American Village in the Early Industrial Revolution by Anthony F. C. Wallace1979
Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s by Donald Worster1980
Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945 by Robert Dallek1980
Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860 by Thomas Dublin1980
Alice James: A Biography by Jean Strouse1981
Walter Lippmann and the American Century by Ronald Steel1981
Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865 by Mary P. Ryan1982
A People in Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York 1760-1790 by Edward Countryman1982
Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England by John Putnam Demos1983
Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist by Nick Salvatore1983
Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 by Louis R. Harlan1984
The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry by Paul Starr1984
The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860 by Suzanne Lebsock1985
The Life and Times of Cotton Mather by Kenneth Silverman1985
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson1986
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family, from Slavery to the Present by Jacqueline Jones1986
Roots of Violence in Black Philadelphia, 1860-1900 by Roger Lane1987
A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia by Thomas M. Doerflinger1987
The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon by Michael S. Sherry1988
Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom by Peter Kolchin1988
Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America by Edmund S. Morgan1989
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner1989
Dark Journey: Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow by Neil R. McMillen1990
The Indians' New World: Catawbas and their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal by James H. Merrell1990
Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 by Lizabeth Cohen1991
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich1991
The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans by Charles Royster1992
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon1992
Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, Vol. 1: The Private Years by Charles Capper1993
A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler1993
The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800 by Stanley Elkins1994
Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy by Winthrop D. Jordan1994
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis1994
Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by John Dittmer1995
The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844 by John L. Brooke1995
Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography by David S. Reynolds1996
William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic by Alan Taylor1996
Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1995 by David E. Kyvig1997
Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 by James T. Patterson1997
The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History by Walter LaFeber1998
The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas J. Sugrue1998
Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt by Christine Leigh Heyrman1998
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin1999
The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity by Jill Lepore1999
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry by Philip D. Morgan1999
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower2000
The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction by Linda Gordon2000
Into the American Woods: Negotiations on the Pennsylvania Frontier by James H. Merrell2000
The Chief: the Life of William Randolph Hearst by David Nasaw2001
Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush by Susan Lee Johnson2001
Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture by Michael A. Bellesiles2001; rescinded 2002
In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America by Alice Kessler-Harris2002
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David W. Blight2002
Captives & Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands by James F. Brooks2003
The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717 by Alan Gallay2003
In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 by Edward L. Ayers2004
Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George M. Marsden2004
A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn2004
Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860 (2 Volume Set) by Michael O'Brien2005
From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality by Michael J. Klarman2005
Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War by Melvin Patrick Ely2005
Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic by Erskine Clarke2006
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times by Odd Arne Westad2006
The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz2006
Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South by Jack Temple Kirby2007
William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism by Robert D. Richardson2007
The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America by Allan M. Brandt2008
Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America by Peter Silver2008
The Populist Vision by Charles Postel2008
The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hämäläinen2009
Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War by Thomas G. Andrews2009
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library) by Drew Gilpin Faust2009
Abigail Adams by Woody Holton2010
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon2010
White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940 by Margaret D. Jacobs2010
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner2011
Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865 by Christopher Tomlins2011
Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America by Sara Dubow2011
Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers2012
Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement by Tomiko Brown-Nagin2012
Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860 by Anne F. Hyde2012
Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History by John Fabian Witt2013
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster2013
Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time by Ira Katznelson2014
A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek by Ari Kelman2014
Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert2015
The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World by Greg Grandin2015
Border Law: The First Seminole War and American Nationhood by Deborah A. Rosen2016
Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention by Mary Sarah Bilder2016
The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast by Andrew Lipman2016
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson2017
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez2017
Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers by Nancy Tomes2017
Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England by Douglas L. Winiarski2018
God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America by Louis S. Warren2018
Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 by Waldo Heinrichs2018
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight2019
Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War by Lisa Brooks2019
Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery by Joseph P. Reidy2020
Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age by Lizabeth Cohen2020
Katrina: A History, 1915–2015 by Andy Horowitz2021
Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory by Claudio Saunt2021

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The Bancroft Prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University in the City of New York. Under the terms of the will of the late Fredric Bancroft, 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 (including biography) and Diplomacy.

The word "American" is interpreted to include all the Americas, North, Central, and South; however, the award is confined to works originally written in English or of which there is a published translation in English. Volumes of papers, letters, and speeches of famous Americans, unless edited by the author, are not eligible. Autobiography comes within the terms of the prize, but books reporting on recent personal experiences of Americans, within a limited area both in time and geographically, are not considered eligible.


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