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.

Both 2022 Bancroft Prize winners are AAS members. Mia Bay (professor of history, University of Pennsylvania, elected to membership October 2010) received the prize for Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press). Mae Ngai (professor of history, Columbia University, elected to membership October 2021) received the prize for The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (W.W. Norton).

2022   Mia Bay, Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistances
Mae Ngai, The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics
2019   David Blight, Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom
Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin
2018   Douglas L. Winiarski, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England
2016   Mary Sarah Bilder, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention
2015   Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History
2011   Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
2010   Woody Holton, Abigail Adams
2009   Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

2008   Pekka Hämäläinen,The Comanche Empire
2006   Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
2005   Michael O'Brien,Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860
2004   Edward L. Ayers, In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

2003   James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands
2002   David Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

2000   James H. Merrell, Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier
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
1998   Christine Heyrman, Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt
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
1995   John L. Brooke, The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-I844
1994   Winthrop D. Jordan, Tumult and Silence at Second Creek. An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy
1992   William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
1991   Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on her Diary, 1785-1812
1990   James H. Merrell, The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact Through the Era of Removal
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
1987   Thomas Doerflinger, A Victorian Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia
1986   Kenneth T. Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States
Jacqueline Jones, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present
1985   Kenneth Silverman, The Life and Times of Cotton Mather
1983   John Putman Demos, Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England
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
1980   Thomas Dublin, Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860
1979   Anthony F.C. Wallace, Rockdale: The Growth of an American Village in the Early Industrial volution
1978   Alfred D. Chandler, The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
1977   Robert A. Gross, The Minutemen and Their World
1976   David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823
1975   Eugene Genovese, Roll Jordan, Roll
1974   Ray Allen Billington, Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Scholar, Teacher
1972   Carl N. Degler, Neither Black nor White
Robert L. Middlekauff, The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellect 1596-1728
Samuel Eliot Morison, The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages
1970   Gordon S. Wood, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787
1969   Winthrop D. Jordan, White over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812

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
1967   William W. Freehling, Prelude to Civil War. The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836
1966   Richard B. Morris, The Peacemakers The Great Powers and American Independence
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
1962   Lawrence A. Cremin, The Transformation of the School
1961   Merrill D. Peterson, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind
1959   Daniel J. Boorstin, The Americans; The Colonial Experience
1958   Frank Luther Mott, A History of American Magazines, Volume IV


Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Crisis of the Old Order
1955   Paul Horgan, Great River, The Rio Grande
1954   Clinton Rossiter, Seedtime of the Republic
1952   C. Vann Woodward, Origins of the New South, 1877-1913
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
George Dangerfield, The Era of Good Feelings
1951   Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land
1949   Samuel Eliot Morison, The Rising Sun in the Pacific
1948   Allan Nevins, Ordeal of the Union
Bernard DeVoto, Across the Wide Missouri

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