information from Columbia University and wikipedia accessed 6/26/13
from Columbia University: NEW YORK, March 18, 2013 –
Columbia University announced today that two acclaimed works will be awarded the 2013 Bancroft Prize: a gripping and eloquent history of the human impact on the ocean, and a persuasively argued history of the idea that conflict among nations can be regulated by law.
The winners are W. Jeffrey Bolster for The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012) and John Fabian Witt for Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (Free Press, 2012).
The winning works, while different in subject matter, demonstrate the powerful impact of re-examination of historical events in an ever-changing, ever-evolving world.
The Bancroft Prize is awarded annually by the trustees of Columbia University. Winners are judged in terms of the scope, significance, depth of research, and richness of interpretation they present in the areas of American history and diplomacy. There were 223 books nominated that were considered for the 2013 prize.
from wiki: The Bancroft Prize is awarded each year by the trustees of Columbia University for books about diplomacy or the history of the Americas. It was established in 1948 by a bequest from Frederic Bancroft. The prize has been generally considered to be among the most prestigious awards in the field of American history writing and comes with a $10,000 stipend (raised from $4,000 beginning in 2004). Seventeen winners had their work supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and 16 winners were also recipients of the Pulitzer Prize for History.
The prize was affected by the post-award controversy involving the scholarship of Michael A. Bellesiles, who received the prize for his work in 2001. Following independent investigations, Columbia University rescinded the prize for the first time.
Bolster, W. Jeffrey. The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail. Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2012.
Witt, John Fabian. Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History. Free Press, 2012.
Hyde, Anne. Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860.. University of Nebraska, 2011.
Rodgers, Daniel. Age of Fracture.. Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2011.
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement.. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Eric Foner. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (Norton)
Christopher Tomlin. Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865
Sara Dubow. Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America
Gordon, Linda. Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2009.
Holton, Woody. Abigail Adams. New York : Free Press, 2009.
Jacobs, Margaret D. White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940. Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
Thomas G. Andrews for Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War
Drew Gilpin Faust for This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
Pekka Hämäläinen for The Comanche Empire
Previous winners list from Wikipedia accessed 3/14/10
1948 Nevins, Allan. Ordeal of the Union
DeVoto, Bernard. Across the Wide Missouri
1949 Sherwood, Robert E. Roosevelt and Hopkins.
Morison, Samuel E. The Rising Sun in the Pacific
1950 Gipson, Lawrence H. The Victorious Year, 1758–1760,Vol. VII of The Great War for Empire.
Bolton, Herbert E. Coronado.
1951 Holcombe, Arthur N. Our More Perfect Union
Smith, Henry N. Virgin Land
1952 Pusey, Merlo J. Charles Evans Hughes
Woodward, C. Vann. Origins of the New South, 1877–1913
1953 Dangerfield, George. The Era of Good Feelings
Goldman, Eric F. Rendezvous with Destiny
1954 Rossiter, Clinton. Seedtime of the Republic
Langer, William L. and S. Everett Gleason. The Undeclared War
1955 Horgan, Paul. Great River, The Rio Grande
White, Leonard D. The Jacksonians
1956 Stevenson, Elizabeth. Henry Adams
Randall, J. G. and Richard N. Current. Last Full Measure: Lincoln the President
1957 Kennan, George F. Russia Leaves the War
Link, Arthur S. Wilson: The New Freedom
1958 Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Crisis of the Old Order
Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines. Vol. 4.
1959 Samuels, Ernest. Henry Adams, The Middle Years
Boorstin, Daniel J. The Americans: The Colonial Experience
1960 Palmer, R. R. The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760–1800
Leech, Margaret. In the Days of McKinley
1961 Peterson, Merrill D. The Jefferson Image in the American Mind
Link, Arthur S. Wilson: The Struggle for Neutrality, 1914–1915
1962 Cremin, Lawrence A. The Transformation of the School
Gilbert, Felix To the Farewell Address: Ideas of Early American Foreign Policy
Duberman, Martin B. Charles Francis Adams, 1807–1866
1963 Smith, Page. John Adams
Wohlstetter, Roberta. Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision
Stoessinger, John G. The Might of Nations: World Politics in Our Time
1964 Leuchtenburg, William E. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932–1940
Thomas, John L. The Liberator: William Lloyd Garrison
Seabury, Paul. Power, Freedom, and Diplomacy: The Foreign Policy of the United States of America.
1965 Perkins, Bradford. Castlereagh and Adams: England and the United States, 1812–1823
Willcox, William B. Portrait of a General: Sir Henry Clinton in the War of Independence
Borg, Dorothy. The United States and the Far Eastern Crisis of 1933–1938
1966 Morris, Richard B. The Peacemakers: The Great Powers and American Independence
Friend, Theodore W., III. Between Two Empires: The Ordeal of the Philippines, 1929–1946
1967 Freehling, William W. Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816–1836
Sellers, Charles. James K. Polk, Continentalist, 1843–1846. Vol. II
Young, James Sterling. The Washington Community, 1800–1828
1968 Bullock, Henry Allen. A History of Negro Education in the South from 1619 to the Present.
Bushman, Richard L. From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690–1765.
Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
1969 Jordan, Winthrop D. White over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550–1812.
Levin, N. Gordon, Jr. Woodrow Wilson and World Politics: America's Response to War and Revolution
Tugwell, Rexford Guy. The Brains Trust
1970 Sellers, Charles. Charles Willson Peale
Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787
Carter, Dan T. Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South
1971 Barnouw, Erik. The Image Empire: A History of Broadcasting in the United States from 1953. Vol. III
Kennedy, David M. Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger
Wall, Joseph Frazier. Andrew Carnegie
1972 Degler, Carl N. Neither Black Nor White
Middlekauff, Robert. The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals, 1596–1728
Morison, Samuel E.. The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages
1973 FitzGerald, Frances. Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
Gaddis, John Lewis. The United States and the Origins of the Cold War
Harlan, Louis R.. Booker T. Washington
1974 Billington, Ray Allen. Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Scholar, Teacher.
Hoopes, Townsend. The Devil and John Foster Dulles
Thernstrom, Stephan. The Other Bostonians: Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis, 1880–1970
1975 Fogel, Robert William and Stanley L. Engerman. Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery and Time on the Cross: Evidence and Methods
George, Alexander L. and Richard Smoke. Deterrence in American Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice.
Genovese, Eugene. Roll, Jordan, Roll.
1976 Davis, David Brion. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770–1823
Lewis, R. W. B. Edith Wharton: A Biography
1977 Dawley, Alan. Class and Community: The Industrial Revolution in Lynn
Gross, Robert A. The Minutemen and Their World
Higman, Barry W. Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807–1834
1978 Chandler, Alfred D., Jr. The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business.
Horwitz, Morton J. The Transformation of American Law, 1780–1860
1979 Thorne, Christopher. Allies of a Kind: The United States, Britain, and the War Against Japan, 1941–1945
Wallace, Anthony F. C. Rockdale: The Growth of An American Village in the Early Industrial Revolution
1980 Dallek, Robert. Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932–1945
Dublin, Thomas. Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826–1860
Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s
1981 Steel, Ronald. Walter Lipmann and the American Century. New York : Little, Brown, 1980.
Strouse, Jean. Alice James: A Biography
1982 Countryman, Edward. A People in Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760–1790
Ryan, Mary P. Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790–1865.
1983 Demos, John Putnam. Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England.
Salvatore, Nick. Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist
1984 Harlan, Louis R. Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901–1915
Starr, Paul. The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry
1985 Lebsock, Suzanne. The Free Women of Petersburg: Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784–1860
Silverman, Kenneth. The Life and Times of Cotton Mather
1986 Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States
Jones, Jacqueline. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the Present
1987 Doerflinger, Thomas. A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise: Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia.
Lane, Roger. Roots of Violence in Black Philadelphia, 1860–1900
1988 Sherry, Michael S. The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon
Kolchin, Peter. Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom
1989 Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877
Morgan, Edmund S. Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America.
1990 Merrell, James H. The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal
McMillen, Neil R. Dark Journey: Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow
1991 Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919–1939
Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785–1812
1992 Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
Royster, Charles. The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans
1993 Capper, Charles. The Private Years, Vol. 1 of Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life.
Leffler, Melvyn P. A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War
1994 Elkins, Stanley and Eric McKitrick. The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788–1800.
Jordan, Winthrop D. Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy
Lewis, David Levering. W. E. B. DuBois: The Biography of a Race, 1868–1919
1995 Brooke, John L. The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644–1844
Dittmer, John. Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
1996 Taylor, Alan. William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic..
Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography
1997 Kyvig, David E. Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U.S. Constitution, 1776–1795.
Patterson, James T. Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974
1998 Heyrman, Christine Leigh. Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt
LaFeber, Walter. The Clash: A History of U.S.-Japan Relations.
Sugrue, Thomas J. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
1999 Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America.
Morgan, Philip D. A Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Low Country
Lepore, Jill. The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity
2000 Merrell, James H. Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the American Frontier.
Dower, John Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
Gordon, Linda. The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction
2001 Bellesiles, Michael. Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture
(Award rescinded in 2002 because of scholarly misconduct by the author.)
Johnson, Susan Lee. Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush
Nasaw, David. The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst
2002 Blight, David W. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
Kessler-Harris, Alice. In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America
2003 Brooks, James F. Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands
Gallay, Alan. The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670–1717
2004 Ayers, Edward L. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859–1863.
Hahn, Steven. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration. Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003.
Marsden, George M. Jonathan Edwards: A Life.
2005 Ely, Melvin Patrick. Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War
Klarman, Michael J. From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality
O'Brien, Michael. Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810–1860
2006 Clarke, Erskine. Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005.
Westad, Odd Arne. The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. Cambridge and New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Wilentz, Sean. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
2007 Kirby, Jack Temple. Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South
Richardson, Robert D.. William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism
2008 Brandt, Allan M. The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America.
Postel, Charles. The Populist Vision
Silver, Peter. Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America.