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     With Americans of past and present days by His Excellency J. J. Jusserand, Ambassador of France to the United States (Project Gutenberg)
1918     A history of the Civil War, 1861-1865 by James Ford Rhodes
1919     No award
1920     The war with Mexico by Justin Harvey Smith (Google Books)
1921     The victory at sea by William Sowden Sims in collaboration with Burton J. Hendrick (Project Gutenberg)
1922     The founding of New England by James Truslow Adams (Google Books)
1923     The Supreme Court in United States history by Charles Warren (Google Books)
1924     The American Revolution : a constitutional interpretation by Charles Howard McIlwain
1925     History of the American frontier, 1763-1893 by Frederic L. Paxson
1926     A history of the United States by Edward Channing
1927     Pinckney's treaty; America's advantage from Europe's distress, 1783-1800 by Samuel Flagg Bemis
1928     Main currents in American thought; an interpretation of American literature from the beginnings to 1920 by Vernon Louis Parrington
1929     The organization and administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 by Fred Albert Shannon
1930     The war of independence; American phase, being the second volume of a history of the American republic by Claude H. Van Tyne
1931     The coming of the war, 1914 by Bernadotte E. Schmitt
1932     My experiences in the world war by John J. Pershing
1933     The significance of sections in American history by Frederick J. Turner
1934     The people's choice, from Washington to Harding; a study in democracy by Herbert Agar
1935     The colonial period of American history by Charles McLean Andrews
1936     A constitutional history of the United States by Andrew C. McLaughlin
1937     The flowering of New England, 1815-1865 by Van Wyck Brooks
1938     The road to reunion, 1865-1900 by Paul Herman Buck
1939     A history of American magazines by Frank Luther Mott
1940     Abraham Lincoln : the war years by Carl Sandburg
1941     The Atlantic migration, 1607-1860; a history of the continuing settlement of the United States by Marcus Lee Hansen
1942     Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865 by Margaret Leech
1943     Paul Revere & the world he lived in by Esther Forbes
1944     The growth of American thought by Merle Curti (3d ed (1964) here)
1945     Unfinished business by Stephen Bonsal
1946     The age of Jackson by Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr.
1947     Scientists against time by James Phinney Baxter 3rd
1948     Across the wide Missouri by Bernard De Voto
1949     The disruption of American democracy by Roy Franklin Nichols
1950     Art and life in America by Oliver W. Larkin (Rev. & enlgd. ed. here)
1951     The Old Northwest; pioneer period, 1815-1840 by R. Carlyle Buley
1952     The uprooted; the epic story of the great migrations that made the American people by Oscar Handlin
1953     The era of good feelings by George Dangerfield
1954     A stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
1955     Great river : the Rio Grande in North American history by Paul Horgan
1956     The age of reform; from Bryan to F.D.R. by Richard Hofstadter
1957     Soviet-American relations, 1917-1920 : volume 1 : Russia leaves the war by George F. Kennan
1958     Banks and politics in America, from the Revolution to the Civil War by Bray Hammond
1959     The Republican era, 1869-1901; a study in administrative history by Leonard D. White, with the assistance of Miss Jean Schneider
1960     In the days of McKinley by Margaret Leech
1961     Between war and peace; the Potsdam Conference by Herbert Feis
1962     The British Empire before the American Revolution : volume 10 : The triumphant empire : thunder-clouds gather in the west, 1763-1766 by Lawrence H. Gipson
1963     Washington : volume 1 : Village and Capital, 1800-1878 by Constance McLaughlin Green
1964     Puritan village : the formation of a New England town by Sumner Chilton Powell
1965     The greenback era; a social and political history of American finance, 1865-1879 by Irwin Unger
1966     The life of the mind in America, from the revolution to the Civil War by Perry Miller
1967     Exploration and empire : the explorer and the scientist in the winning of the American West by William H. Goetzmann
1968     The ideological origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn
1969     Origins of the Fifth Amendment; the right against self-incrimination by Leonard W. Levy
1970     Present at the creation : my years in the State Department by Dean Acheson
1971     Roosevelt : the soldier of freedom by James MacGregor Burns
1972     Neither Black nor white; slavery and race relations in Brazil and the United States by Carl N. Degler
1973     People of paradox : an inquiry concerning the origins of American civilization by Michael Kammen
1974     The Americans : the democratic experience by Daniel J. Boorstin
1975     Jefferson and his time by Dumas Malone
1976     Lamy of Santa Fe, his life and times by Paul Horgan
1977     The impending crisis, 1848-1861 by David M. Potter; completed and edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher
1978     The visible hand : the managerial revolution in American business by Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
1979     The Dred Scott Case : its significance in American law and politics by Don E. Fehrenbacher
1980     Been in the storm so long : the aftermath of slavery by Leon F. Litwack
1981     American education : the national experience, 1783-1876 by Lawrence A. Cremin
1982     Mary Chesnut's Civil War, edited by C. Vann Woodward
1983     The transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 by Rhys L. Isaac
1984     No award
1985     Prophets of regulation : Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn by Thomas K. McCraw
1986     The heavens and the earth : a political history of the space age by Walter A. McDougall
1987     Voyagers to the West : a passage in the peopling of America on the eve of the Revolution by Bernard Bailyn
1988     The launching of modern American science, 1846-1876 by Robert V. Bruce
1989     Battle cry of freedom : the Civil War era by James M. McPherson
1989     Parting the waters : America in the King years, 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
1990     In our image : America's empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow
1991     A midwife's tale : the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
1992     The fate of liberty : Abraham Lincoln and civil liberties by Mark E. Neely, Jr.
1993     The radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
1994     No award
1995     No ordinary time : Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : the home front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
1996     William Cooper's town : power and persuasion on the frontier of the early American republic by Alan Taylor
1997     Original meanings : politics and ideas in the making of the Constitution by Jack N. Rakove
1998     Summer for the gods : the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion by Edward J. Larson
1999     Gotham : a history of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
2000     Freedom from fear : the American people in depression and war, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy
2001     Founding brothers : the revolutionary generation by Joseph J. Ellis
2002     The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand
2003     An army at dawn : the war in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
2004     A nation under our feet : black political struggles in the rural South from slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
2005     Washington's crossing by David Hackett Fischer
2006     Polio : an American story by David M. Oshinsky
2007      The race beat : the press, the civil rights struggle, and the awakening of a nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
2008     What hath God wrought : the transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
2009     The Hemingses of Monticello : an American family by Annette Gordon-Reed
2010     Lords of finance : the bankers who broke the world by Liaquat Ahamed
2011     The fiery trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slavery by Eric Foner
2012     Malcolm X : a life of reinvention by Manning Marable
2013     Embers of war : the fall of an empire and the making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
2014     The internal enemy : slavery and war in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
2015     Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the mandan people by Elizabeth A. Fenn
2016     Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America by T. J. Stiles
2017     Blood in the water : the Attica prison uprising of 1971 and its legacy by Heather Ann Thompson
2018     The Gulf : the making of an American sea by Jack E. Davis