AAS Members Who Have Won A Bancroft Prize

Members, who now number more than a thousand persons, are elected by their colleagues in recognition of scholarship, for support of cultural institutions, for manifest interest in bibliographical matters, or for distinction as community or national leaders in humanistic affairs.

The Bancroft Prize has been awarded annually by Columbia University since 1948.

1948

  Allan Nevins, Ordeal of the Union
    Bernard DeVeto, Across the Wide Missouri
     

1949

  Samuel Eliot Morison, The Rising Sun in the Pacific
     

1953

  Herbert E. Bolton, Coronado
    Lawrence H. Gipson, Volume III, The Victorious Years, 1758-1760, of the series titled The Great War for the Empire
     

1951

  Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land
     

1952

  C. Vann Woodward, Origins of the New South, 1877-1913
     

1953

  George Dangerfield, The Era of Good Feelings
     

1954

  Clinton Rossiter, Seedtime of the Republic
     

1955

  Paul Horgan, Great River, The Rio Grande
     

1958

  Frank Luther Mott, A History of American Magazines, Volume IV


Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Crisis of the Old Order
     

1959

  Daniel J. Boorstin, The Americans; The Colonial Experience
     

1961

  Merrill D. Peterson, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind
     

1962

  Lawrence A. Cremin, The Transformation of the School
     

1965

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

1966

  Richard B. Morris, The Peacemakers The Great Powers and American Independence
     

1967

  William W. Freehling, Prelude to Civil War. The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836
     

1968

  Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
    Richard L. Bushman, From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765
     

1969

  Winthrop D. Jordan, White over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812

     

1970

  Gordon S. Wood, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787
     

1972

  Carl N. Degler, Neither Black nor White
    Robert L. Middlekauf, The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellect 1596-1728
    Samuel Eliot Morison, The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages
     

1974

  Ray Allen Billington, Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Scholar, Teacher
     

1975

  Eugene Genovese, Roll Jordan, Roll
     

1976

  David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823
     

1977

  Robert A. Gross, The Minutemen and Their World
     

1978

  Alfred D. Chandler, The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
     

1979

  Anthony F.C. Wallace, Rockdale: The Growth of an American Village in the Early Industrial volution
     

1980

  Thomas Dublin, Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860
     

1982

  Mary P. Ryan, Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865



Edward Countryman , The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760-1790

     

1983

  John Putman Demos, Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England
     

1985

  Kenneth Silverman, The Life and Times of Cotton Mather
     

1986

  Kenneth T. Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States

     

1987

  Thomas Doerflinger, A Victorian Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia
     

1989

  Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution: 1863-1877
    Edmund S. Morgan, Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America
     

1990

  James H. Merrell, The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact Through the Era of Removal
     

1991

  Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on her Diary, 1785-1812
     

1992

  William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
     

1994

  Winthrop D. Jordan, Tumult and Silence at Second Creek. An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy
     

1995

  John L. Brooke, The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-I844
     

1996

  David S. Reynolds, Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography
    Alan Taylor, William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic
     

1998

  Christine Heyrman, Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt
     

1999

  Ira Berlin, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
    Jill Lepore, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity


Philip D. Morgan, Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in The Eighteenth Century Chesapeake and Low Country
     

2000

  James H. Merrell, Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier
     

2002

  David Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

     

2003

  James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands
     

2004

  Edward L. Ayers, In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

     

2005

  Michael O'Brien,Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860
     

2006

  Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
     

2008

  Pekka Hämäläinen,The Comanche Empire. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008.
     

2009

  Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

     

2010

  Woody Holton, Abigail Adams
     

2011

  Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

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