The Pulitzer Prize for History


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These books won the Pulitzer Prize for History

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Pulitzer Prize for History 2004

A Nation Under Our Feet:
Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration

by Steven Hahn

Pulitzer Prize for History 2003

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson

The story of the World War II battles in North Africa

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Putitzer Prize for History 2002

The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand

Pulitzer Prize for History 2001

Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

Ellis tells us about the conflicts which divided the "founding fathers" of The United States, focusing on 6 important and interesting issues.

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Pulitzer Prize for History 2000

Freedom From Fear in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (Oxford History of the United States)
by David Kennedy

Freedom from Fear tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of the Depression and World War II.

Pulitzer Prize for History 1999

Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace

from the establishment of New Amsterdam by the Dutch to expansion of New York in 1898 when it became one of the largest cities in the world - a book rich in detail and colorful imagery

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Pulitzer Prize for History 1998

Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and the Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson

a book about what was known as  the 'Monkey Trial,'" - a 1925 challenge to the controversial Tennessee law banning the teaching of human evolution in public schools

Pulitzer Prize for History 1997

Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by
Jack N. Rakove

a historical look at the meaning of the Constitution - Rakove explains and offers insights into the framing and adoption of the federal Constitution 

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Pulitzer Prize for History 1996

William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic
by Alan Taylor

The story of the founding and development of Cooperstown, New York by wheelwright William Cooper.

Pulitzer Prize for History 1995

No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin  

The story of the home front told through the lives of the close friends of the Roosevelts who lived with them in the family quarters of the White House

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For other Pulitzers awarded to history books (biography and nonfiction), you may wish to visit Pulitzers 2001, Pulitzers 2002, and Pulitzers 2003.