Bancroft Prize

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  1. Book ImageThe Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

    Eric Foner

    “A masterwork [by] the preeminent historian of the Civil War era.”—Boston GlobeMore

  2. Book ImageDorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

    Linda Gordon

    Winner of the 2010 Bancroft Prize and finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography: The definitive biography of a heroic chronicler of America's Depression and one of the twentieth century's greatest photographers.More

  3. Book ImageOur Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America

    Peter Silver

    “With remarkable literary skill, Peter Silver . . . provokes hard thinking about the basic themes of our history.”—Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American DemocracyMore

  4. Book ImageThe Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

    Sean Wilentz

    Winner of the Bancroft Award: "Monumental…a tour de force…awesome in its coverage of political events."—Gordon Wood, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  5. Book ImageIn the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1864

    Edward L. Ayers

    Winner of the Bancroft Prize: Through a gripping narrative based on massive new research, a leading historian reshapes our understanding of the Civil War.More

  6. Book ImageRoaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush

    Susan Lee Johnson

    Winner of the 2001 Bancroft Prize.More

  7. Book ImageEmbracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

    John W. Dower

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.More

  8. Book ImageInto the American Woods: Negotiations on the Pennsylvania Frontier

    James H. Merrell

    "A stunning achievement. . . . A pathbreaking scholarly work by one of the nation's leading historians of the interaction between Native Americans and European newcomers in early America."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)More

  9. Book ImageThe Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History

    Walter LaFeber

    Winner of the Bancroft Prize.More

  10. Book ImageNature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

    William Cronon

    "Magnificent…the best work of economic and business history I've ever read." —Paul KrugmanMore