Pulitzer Prize for History by Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize for History has been awarded since 1917 for a distinguished book upon the history of the United States. Many history books have also been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. Two people have won the Pulitzer Prize for History twice; Margaret Leech, for Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865 in 1941 and In the Days of McKinley in 1960, and Bernard Bailyn, for The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1968) and Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution (1987).

  1. The Atlantic Migration by Marcus Lee Hansen


  2. The Road to Reunion by Paul Herman Buck


  3. With Americans of Past and Present Days by Jean Jules Jusserand


  4. A History of the Civil War by James Ford Rhodes

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  5. The War with Mexico by Justin H. Smith


  6. The Victory at Sea by William Sowden Sims


  7. The Founding of New England by James Truslow Adams


  8. The Supreme Court in United States History by Charles Warren


  9. History of the American Frontier by Frederic L. Paxson

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  10. A History of the United States by Edward Channing


  11. Main Currents in American Thought by Vernon L Parrington

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  12. Pinckney's Treaty by Samuel Flagg Bemis


  13. The Organization and Administration of the Union Army by Fred Albert Shannon

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    The Organization and Administration of the Union Army, 1861-1865 is a two-volume book by American historian Fred Albert Shannon. The book is about Union Army history, including recruitment and enli...


  14. The War of Independence by Claude H. Van Tyne

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    The War of Independence is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by American historian Claude H. Van Tyne. The book was published in 1929. It explains the history and causes of the American Revolutionary W...


  15. The Coming of the War, 1914 by Bernadotte E. Schmitt


  16. My Experiences in the World War by John J. Pershing


  17. The People's Choice by Herbert Agar

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    The People's Choice from Washington to Harding is a book by Herbert Agar, published by Houghton Mifflin, 1933.


  18. A Constitutional History of the United States by Andrew C. McLaughlin

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  19. The Flowering of New England by Van Wyck Brooks


  20. Abraham Lincoln: The War Years by Carl Sandburg


  21. A History of American Magazines by Frank Luther Mott


  22. Paul Revere and the World He Lived In by Esther Forbes


  23. Reveille in Washington by Margaret Leech

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    Margaret Kernochan Leech (November 7, 1893 – February 24, 1974) also known as Margaret Pulitzer, was an American author and historian, who won two Pulitzer Prizes in history, for her books Reveille...


  24. The Growth of American Thought by Merle Curti


  25. The Age of Jackson by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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    Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Jackson. It is a triumph of historical scholarship, analysis, and interpretation and throws much new light on a host of Americans, well...


  26. Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard DeVoto


  27. Scientists Against Time by James Phinney Baxter III


  28. The Disruption of American Democracy by Roy Franklin Nichols

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    The Disruption of American Democracy is a book published by American historian Roy Franklin Nichols in 1948. Nichols won the Pulitzer Prize for History for the book in 1949.


  29. Jefferson and His Time by Dumas Malone

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    Dumas Malone's classic biography "Jefferson and His Time" — originally published in six volumes over a period of thirty-four years, between 1948 and 1982 — was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history...


  30. Art and Life in America by Oliver W. Larkin


  31. The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period 1815-1840 by R. Carlyle Buley


  32. The Uprooted by Oscar Handlin

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  33. The Era of Good Feelings by George Dangerfield


  34. A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

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    A Stillness at Appomattox is a history on the American Civil War that recounts the final year. Some of Catton's extensive work describes the Battle of the Wilderness, the assault of the Mule Sho...


  35. The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter

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    The Age of Reform is a 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Richard Hofstadter. The book is an American history that traces events from the Populist Movement of the 1890s through the Progressive Era...


  36. Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History by Paul Horgan

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  37. Russia Leaves the War by George F. Kennan

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    Russia Leaves the War (1956) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by George F. Kennan. The book also won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, the George Bancroft Prize, and the Francis Parkman Prize...


  38. Banks and Politics in America by Bray Hammond

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    Banks and Politics in America (ISBN 0691005532) is a 1957-published book written by Bray Hammond. The book describes the differences in banking and politics in the United States between the America...


  39. In the Days of McKinley by Margaret Leech

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    Margaret Kernochan Leech (November 7, 1893 – February 24, 1974) also known as Margaret Pulitzer, was an American author and historian, who won two Pulitzer Prizes in history, for her books Reveille...


  40. Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference by Herbert Feis

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    Herbert Feis (born in 1893 in New York, died in 1972) was an American Author and former Economic Advisor for International Affairs to the Department of State in the Hoover and Roosevelt administrat...


  41. Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 by Constance McLaughlin Green

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    Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 is a two-volume Pulitzer Prize-winning book by American historian Constance McLaughlin Green. It is about the development of Washington D.C., as a village...


  42. The Life of the Mind in America by Perry Miller

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  43. The Greenback Era by Irwin Unger


  44. Origins of the Fifth Amendment by Leonard W. Levy


  45. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn

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  46. Present at the Creation by Dean Acheson

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    Acheson (1893-1971) was not only present at the creation of the postwar world, he was one of its chief architects. He joined the Department of State in 1941 as Assistant Secretary of State for Econ...


  47. Roosevelt: The Soldier Of Freedom by James MacGregor Burns

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  48. Neither Black Nor White by Carl N. Degler


  49. The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin


  50. People of Paradox by Michael Kammen


  51. Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan

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  52. The Visible Hand by Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.


  53. The Impending Crisis, 1841-1867 by David M. Potter


  54. The Dred Scott Case by Don E. Fehrenbacher

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  55. Been in the Storm So Long by Leon F. Litwack


  56. Mary Chestnut's Civil War by Mary Chesnut

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    Mary Boykin Chesnut began her diary on February 18, 1861, and ended it on June 26, 1865. She was an eyewitness to many historic events as she accompanied her husband to significant sites of the Civ...


  57. The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 by Rhys L. Isaac


  58. Prophets of Regulation by Thomas K. McCraw

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  59. The Heavens and the Earth by Walter A. McDougall


  60. The Launching of Modern American Science, 1846-1876 by Robert V. Bruce

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    Astronomy in the U.S., until approximately the 1880s, was largely a tool for determining latitude and longitude, time and tide. This surprising fact points to the enormous distance American science...


  61. Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution by Bernard Bailyn

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    The Pulitzer Prize for History has been awarded since 1917 for a distinguished book upon the history of the United States. Many history books have also been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General N...


  62. Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch

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    Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63

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  63. Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson

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    Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era is a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the American Civil War published in 1988 by James M. McPherson. Writing for the The New York Times, historian Hugh Br...


  64. In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow

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    In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines by Stanley Karnow

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  65. A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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    A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard based on her diary, 1785–1812.

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  66. The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties by Mark E. Neely, Jr.

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    If Abraham Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator, he was also the only president to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. Indeed, Lincoln's record on the Constitution and individual rights has fu...


  67. The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood

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    Historians have always had problems explaining the revolutionary character of the American Revolution: its lack of class conflict, a reign of terror, and indiscriminate violence make it seem positi...


  68. No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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    A compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created. With an uncanny feel for detail and a novelist's grasp of drama and depth, Doris Kearns Goodwin...


  69. William Cooper's Town by Alan Taylor

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    An innovative work of biography, social history, and literary analysis, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book presents the story of two men, William Cooper and his son, the novelist James Fennimore Coop...


  70. Summer for the Gods by Edward Larson

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    Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.

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  71. Original Meanings by Jack N. Rakove

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    Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (ISBN 0679781218) is a 464 page, non-fiction book authored by Jack N. Rakove and published on May 27, 1997 by Vintage Books. ...


  72. Gotham: A History of New York City by Edwin G. Burrows

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    Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 is a nonfiction book written by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace. It was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press. It won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for...


  73. Freedom From Fear: The American People by David M. Kennedy

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    Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written in 1999 by historian David M. Kennedy. It is part of the Oxford History of the Unite...


  74. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis

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    Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation is a Pulitzer Prize–winning book written by Joseph Ellis, a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College. This text explores how a group of individ...


  75. The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas by Louis Menand

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    The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America is a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2001 book by Louis Menand, an American writer and legal scholar. The Metaphysical Club recounts the lives and intellec...


  76. An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson

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    An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942-1943 is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written in 2002 by long-time Washington Post correspondent Rick Atkinson. The book is a history of the North Afri...


  77. Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

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    Washington's Crossing is a Pulitzer Prize winning book written by David Hackett Fischer and part of the "Pivotal Moments in American History" series. The book is primarily about George Washington's...


  78. A Nation under Our Feet by Steven Hahn

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    A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written in 2003 by Steven Hahn. The book is a history of t...


  79. Unfinished Business by Stephen Bonsal


  80. Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky

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    Polio: An American Story is a book by David M. Oshinsky, professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin, which documents the polio epidemic in the United States during the 1940s and 1950...


  81. The Race Beat by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff

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    The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written in 2006 by journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff. The book is about...


  82. What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe

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    The book tracks the period in American history from the end of the War of 1812 to the end of the Mexican American War. It is focused on the revolutionary changes in transportation and communication...


  83. The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed

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    The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family is a 2008 book by American historian Annette Gordon-Reed. It recounts the history of four generations of the African American Hemings family, from th...


  84. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed

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    Argues that the stock market crash of 1929 and subsequent Depression occurred as a result of poor decisions on the part of four central bankers who jointly attempted to reconstruct international fi...

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  85. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

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    In a landmark work of deep scholarship and insight, Foner gives us a life of Lincoln as it intertwined with slavery, the defining issue of the time and the tragic hallmark of American history. The ...

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  86. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

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    Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History Hailed as "a masterpiece" (San Francisco Chronicle), the late Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the mos...

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  87. Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall

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    A history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War offers insights into how the U.S. became involved, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while di...

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  88. The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor

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    National Book Award Finalist: Impressively researched and beautifully crafted . . . a brilliant account of slavery in Virginia during and after the Revolution. Mark M. Smith, Wall Street Journal"

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