The Bancroft Prize

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The other slavery : the uncovered story of Indian enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
Blood in the water : the Attica prison uprising of 1971 and its legacy by Heather Ann Thompson
Remaking the American patient : how Madison Avenue and modern medicine turned patients into consumers by Nancy Tomes

Madison's hand : revising the Constitutional Convention by Mary Sarah Bilder
The saltwater frontier : Indians and the contest for the American coast  by Andrew Lipman
Border law : the first Seminole War and American nationhood by Deborah A. Rosen

Empire of cotton : a global history by Sven Beckert
The Empire of Necessity : slavery, freedom, and deception in the New World by Greg Grandin


Fear itself : the New Deal and the origins of our time by Ira Katznelson
A misplaced massacre : struggling over the memory of Sand Creek by Ari Kelman

The mortal sea : fishing the Atlantic in the age of sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster
Lincoln's code : the laws of war in American history by John Fabian Witt

Courage to dissent : Atlanta and the long history of the civil rights movement by Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Empires, nations, and families : a history of the North American West, 1800–1860 by Anne F. Hyde
Age of fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers

Ourselves unborn : a history of the fetus in modern America by Sara Dubow
The fiery trial : Abraham Lincoln and American slavery by Eric Foner
Freedom bound : law, labor, and civic identity in colonizing English America, 1580-1865 by Christopher Tomlins

Dorothea Lange : a life beyond limits by Linda Gordon
Abigail Adams by Woody Holton
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. Jacobs

Killing for coal : America's deadliest labor war by Thomas G. Andrews
This republic of suffering : death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
The Comanche empire by Pekka Hämäläinen

The cigarette century : the rise, fall, and deadly persistence of the product that defined America by Allan M. Brandt
The populist vision by Charles Postel
Our savage neighbors : how Indian war transformed early America by Peter Silver

Mockingbird song : ecological landscapes of the South by Jack Temple Kirby
William James : in the maelstrom of American modernism by Robert D. Richardson

Dwelling place : a plantation epic by Erskine Clarke
The global cold war : third world interventions and the making of our times by Odd Arne Westad
The rise of American democracy : Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz

Israel on the Appomattox : a Southern experiment in Black freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War by Melvin Patrick Ely
From Jim Crow to civil rights : the Supreme Court and the struggle for racial equality by Michael J. Klarman
Conjectures of order : intellectual life and the American South, 1810–1860 by Michael O’Brien

In the presence of mine enemies : war in the heart of America, 1859-1863 by Edward L. Ayers
A nation under our feet : Black political struggles in the rural South from slavery to the great migration by Steven Hahn
Jonathan Edwards : a life by George M. Marsden

Captives & cousins : slavery, kinship, and community in the Southwest borderlands by James F. Brooks
The Indian slave trade : the rise of the English empire in the American South, 1670-1717 by Alan Gallay  


Race and reunion : the Civil War in American memory by David W. Blight
In pursuit of equity : women, men, and the quest for economic citizenship in 20th century America by Alice Kessler-Harris

Roaring camp : the social world of the California gold rush by Susan Lee Johnson
The chief: the life of William Randolph Hearst by David Nasaw

Into the American woods : negotiators on the American frontier by James H. Merrell
Embracing defeat : Japan in the wake of World War II by John Dower
The great Arizona orphan abduction by Linda Gordon


Many thousands gone : the first two centuries of slavery in North America by Ira Berlin
Slave counterpoint : Black culture in eighteenth-century Chesapeake and Lowcountry by Philip D. Morgan
The name of war : King Philip's War and the origins of American identity by Jill Lepore

Southern cross : the beginnings of the Bible Belt by Christine Leigh Heyrman
The clash : a history of U.S.-Japan relations by Walter LaFeber
The origins of the urban crisis : race and inequality in postwar Detroit by Thomas J. Sugrue

Explicit and authentic acts : amending the U.S. constitution, 1776-1995 by David E. Kyvig
Grand expectations : the United States, 1945-1974 by James T. Patterson


William Cooper's town : power and persuasion on the frontier of the early American republic by Alan Taylor
Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography by David S. Reynolds


The refiner's fire : the making of Mormon cosmology, 1644-1844 by John L. Brooke
Local people : the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi by John Dittmer

The age of Federalism by Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick
Tumult and silence at Second Creek : an inquiry into a Civil War slave conspiracy by Winthrop D. Jordan
W.E.B. Du Bois : the biography of a race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis

Margaret Fuller : an American romantic life, volume 1 : the private years by Charles Capper
A preponderance of power : national security, the Truman administration, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler

Nature's metropolis : Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon
The destructive war : William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans by Charles Royster

Making a new deal : industrial workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 by Lizabeth Cohen
A midwife's tale : the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


The Indians' new world : Catawbas and their neighbors from European contact through the era of removal by James H. Merrell
Dark journey : black Mississippians in the age of Jim Crow by Neil R. McMillen

Reconstruction : America's unfinished revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
Inventing the people : the rise of popular sovereignty in England and America by Edmund S. Morgan


The rise of American air power : the creation of Armageddon by Michael S. Sherry
Unfree labor : American slavery and Russian serfdom by Peter Kolchin

A vigorous spirit of enterprise : merchants and economic development in Revolutionary Philadelphia by Thomas Doerflinger
Roots of violence in Black Philadelphia, 1860-1900 by Roger Lane


Crabgrass frontier : the suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson
Labor of love, labor of sorrow : Black women, work, and the family from slavery to the present by Jacqueline Jones


The free women of Petersburg : status and culture in a southern town, 1784-1860 by Suzanne Lebsock
The life and times of Cotton Mather by Kenneth Silverman


Booker T. Washington : the wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 by Louis R. Harlan
The social transformation of American medicine by Paul Starr


Entertaining Satan : witchcraft and the culture of early New England by John Putnam Demos
Eugene V. Debs : citizen and socialist by Nick Salvatore


A people in revolution : the American revolution and political society in New York, 1760-1790 by Edward Countryman
Cradle of the middle class : the family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865 by Mary P. Ryan


Walter Lippmann and the American century by Ronald Steel
Alice James: a biography by Jean Strouse

Franklin D. Roosevelt and American foreign policy, 1932-1945 by Robert Dallek
Women at work : the transformation of work and community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860 by Thomas Dublin
Dust Bowl : the southern plains in the 1930s by Donald Worster (25th anniversary edition here)

Allies of a kind : the United States, Britain, and the war against Japan, 1941-1945 by Christopher Thorne
Rockdale : the growth of an American village in the early industrial revolution by Anthony F. C. Wallace


The visible hand : the managerial revolution in American business by Alfred D. Chandler Jr.
The transformation of American law, 1780-1860 by Morton J. Horwitz

Class and community : the industrial revolution in Lynn by Alan Dawley
The minutemen and their world by Robert A. Gross
Slave population and economy in Jamaica, 1807-1834 by Barry W. Higman

The problem of slavery in the age of revolution, 1770-1823 by David Brion Davis
Edith Wharton : a biography by R. W. B. Lewis


Time on the cross : the economics of American Negro slavery and Time on the cross : evidence and methods--a supplement by
Robert William Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman
Deterrence in American foreign policy : theory and practice by Alexander L. George and Richard Smoke
Roll, Jordan, roll : the world the slaves made by Eugene Genovese


Frederick Jackson Turner : historian, scholar, teacher by Ray Allen Billington
The devil and John Foster Dulles by Townsend Hoopes
The other Bostonians : poverty and progress in the American metropolis, 1880-1970 by Stephan Thernstrom

Fire in the lake : the Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald
The United States and the origins of the cold war, 1941-1947 by John Lewis Gaddis
Booker T. Washington ; the making of a Black leader, 1856-1901 by Louis R. Harlan


Neither Black nor white ; slavery and race relations in Brazil and the United States by Carl N. Degler
The Mathers : three generations of Puritan intellectuals, 1596-1728 by Robert Middlekauff
The European discovery of America, volume 1 : the northern voyages, A.D. 500-1600 by Samuel Eliot Morison


A history of broadcasting in the United States, volume 3 : The image empire : from 1953 by Erik Barnouw
Birth control in America : the career of Margaret Sanger by David M. Kennedy
Andrew Carnegie by Joseph Frazier Wall


Charles Willson Peale by Charles Coleman Sellers
The creation of the American republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S. Wood
Scottsboro : a tragedy of the American South by Dan T. Carter (Rev. ed. (2007) here)


White over black : American attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812 by Winthrop D. Jordan
Woodrow Wilson and world politics : America's response to war and revolution by N. Gordon Levin Jr.
The brains trust by Rexford Guy Tugwell

A history of Negro education in the South from 1619 to the present by Henry Allen Bullock
From Puritan to Yankee :  character and social order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 by Richard L. Bushman
The ideological origins of the American revolution by Bernard Bailyn

Prelude to civil war : the nullification controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836 by William W. Freehling
James K. Polk, volume 2 : Continentalist, 1843-1846 by Charles Sellers
The Washington community, 1800-1828 by James Sterling Young


The peacemakers : the great powers and American independence by Richard B. Morris
Between two empires : the ordeal of the Philippines, 1929-1946 by Theodore W. Friend III


Castlereagh and Adams : England and the United States, 1812-1823 by Bradford Perkins
Portrait of a general : Sir Henry Clinton in the War of Independence by William B. Willcox
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 Borg

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940 by William E. Leuchtenburg
The liberator : William Lloyd Garrison, a biography by John L. Thomas
Power, freedom, and diplomacy: the foreign policy of the United States of America by Paul Seabury

John Adams by Page Smith
Pearl Harbor : warning and decision by Roberta Wohlstetter
The might of nations: world politics in our time by John G. Stoessinger (rev. ed (1965) here; 3d ed (1969) here)

The transformation of the school : progressivism in American education, 1876-1957 by Lawrence A. Cremin
To the Farewell address : ideas of early American foreign policy by Felix Gilbert
Charles Francis Adams, 1807-1866 by Martin B. Duberman

The Jefferson image in the American mind by Merrill D. Peterson
Wilson, volume 3 : the struggle for neutrality, 1914-1915 by Arthur S. Link

The age of the democratic revolution : a political history of Europe and America, 1760-1800 by R. R. Palmer
In the days of McKinley by Margaret Leech

Henry Adams, the middle years by Ernest Samuels
The Americans ; the colonial experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

The age of Roosevelt, volume 1 : the crisis of the old order, 1919-1933 by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
A history of American magazines, volume 4 : 1885-1905 by Frank Luther Mott

Soviet-American relations, 1917-1920, volume 1 : Russia leaves the war by George F. Kennan
Wilson, volume 2 : the new freedom by Arthur S. Link

Henry Adams, a biography by Elizabeth Stevenson
Lincoln, the President by J. G. Randall and Richard N. Current

Great river : the Rio Grande in North American history by Paul Horgan
The Jacksonians ; a study in administrative history, 1829-1861 by Leonard D. White

Seedtime of the Republic ; the origin of the American tradition of political liberty by Clinton Rossiter
The undeclared war, 1940-1941 by William L. Langer and S. Everett Gleason

The era of good feelings by George Dangerfield
Rendezvous with destiny; a history of modern American reform by Eric F. Goldman

Charles Evans Hughes by Merlo J. Pusey
Origins of the new South, 1877-1913 by C. Vann Woodward

Our more perfect union; from eighteenth-century principles to twentieth century practice by Arthur N. Holcombe
Virgin land; the American West as symbol and myth by Henry N. Smith

The great war for the Empire, volume 7 : The victorious year, 1758-1760 by Lawrence H. Gipson (rev. ed. here)
Coronado ; knight of pueblos and plains by Herbert E. Bolton

Roosevelt and Hopkins, an intimate history by Robert E. Sherwood
History of United States naval operations in World War II, volume 3: The rising sun in the Pacific by Samuel E. Morison

Ordeal of the Union by Allan Nevins
Across the wide Missouri by Bernard DeVoto