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Book awards: Francis Parkman Prize

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Works (65)

Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-1920, Vol 1 by George F. Kennan1957
The Crisis of the Old Order, 1919-1933 by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.1958
Henry Adams: The Middle Years by Ernest Samuels1959
Edison: A Biography by Matthew Josephson1960
Turmoil and Tradition: A Study of the Life and Times of Henry L. Stimson by Elting E. Morrison1961
Little Brown Brother: How the United States Purchased and Pacified the Philippine Islands at the Century's Turn by Leon Wolff1962
That wilder image; the painting of America's native school from Thomas Cole to Winslow Homer by James Thomas Flexner1963
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940 by William E. Leuchtenburg1964
Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment (Galaxy Books) by Willie Lee Rose1965
The Americans: The National Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin1966
Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West by William H. Goetzmann1967
White over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812 by Winthrop D. Jordan1969
The First Summit: Roosevelt and Churchill at Placentia Bay, 1941: Revised Edition by Theodore A. Wilson1970
Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, 1940-1945 by James MacGregor Burns1971
Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash1972
FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny, 1882-1928 by Kenneth S. Davis1973
Stephen A. Douglas by Robert W. Johannsen1974
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro1975
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia by Edmund S. Morgan1976
World of Our Fathers by Irving Howe1977
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough1978
The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire by R. David Edmunds1979
Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon F. Litwack1980
A Revolutionary People At War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1783 by Charles Royster1981
Grant: A Biography by William S. McFeely1982
Common Landscape of America, 1580-1845 by John R. Stilgoe1983
Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon1984
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
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson1986
A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture by Michael Kammen1987
Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and Their War by Eric Larrabee1988
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner1989
A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt by Geoffrey C. Ward1990
A New Andalucia and a Way to the Orient: The American Southeast During the Sixteenth Century by Paul E. Hoffman1991
The Middle Ground: Indian, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 by Richard White1992
Truman by David McCullough1993
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis1994
The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America by John Putnam Demos1995
Emerson: The Mind on Fire by Robert D. Richardson Jr.1996
Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust1997
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry1998
The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, & the Rush to Colorado by Elliott West1999
Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy2000
Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson2001
The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand2002
Captives & Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands by James F. Brooks2003
A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial by Suzanne Lebsock2004
Shades of Hiawatha: Staging Indians, Making Americans, 1880-1930 by Alan Trachtenberg2005
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall2006
Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830 by John Huxtable Elliott2007
FDR by Jean Edward Smith2008
On Zion's Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape by Jared Farmer2009
Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey2010
Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Jefferson R. Cowie2011
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White2012
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall2013
A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination by Philip Shenon2014
Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle S. Allen2015
American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam by Christine Leigh Heyrman2016
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson2017
Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson by Christina Snyder2018
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight2019
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century by Charles Kingnot in English Common Knowledge2020
In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History by Christopher Tomlinsnot in English Common Knowledge2021

Award description

The Francis Parkman Prize is awarded annually by the Society of American Historians to a nonfiction work of history on an American theme published the previous year that is distinguished by its literary merit. The prize is named for Francis Parkman, whose monumental work, France and England in North America (7 vols., Boston: Little, Brown, 1865–92), was widely praised for its literary elegance as well as its historical importance.


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