Previous winners of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

Previous winners of and finalists for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.


First place: Blight, David, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Blackett, Richard J. M., The Captive’s Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery
Freehling, William W., Becoming Lincoln
Freeman, Joanne B., The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Sommerville, Diane Miller, Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South


First place: Ayers, Edward, The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

Chernow, Ron, Grant
Hunter, Tere, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century
Lineberry, Cate, Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero
Peck, Graham A., Making an Antislavery Nation Lincoln, Douglas and the Battle over Freedom
Rhea, Gordon, On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864
Smith, Adam I. P., The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865


First Place: James B. Conroy, Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime
Douglas R. Egerton, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America

D. H. Dilbeck, A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War
Chandra Manning, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War
Charles B. Strozier, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed

Special Achievement Award: Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, eds., Herndon on Lincoln: Letters


First Place: Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln

Michael Anderegg, Lincoln and Shakespeare
Eric Foner for Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Richard Wightman Fox for Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History
Earl J. Hess for Civil War Infantry Tactics: Training, Combat, and Small-Unit Effectiveness
Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell for Lincoln and the Jews: A History
John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier for Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American


First Place: Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

William Blair – With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era
Richard Brookhiser – Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
James B. Conroy – Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865
Joshua Zeitz – Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image


First Place: Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Martin P. Johnson, Writing the Gettysburg Address

Special Achievement Award: Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"

Christopher Hager, Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing
Margaret Humphreys, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War
Robert E. May, Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropics: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Future of Latin America
John Stauffer and Benjamin Soskis, The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On


First Place: James Oakes, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States,1861-1865

Stephen Kantrowitz, More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889
Yael A. Sternhell, Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South


First Place: William C. Harris, Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union
Elizabeth D. Leonard, Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky

Honorable Mention: Barbara A. Gannon, The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic


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

Honorable Mention:
Robert Bray, Reading with Lincoln
Lorien Foote, The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor and Manhood in the Union Army
Mark W. Geiger, Financial Fraud and the Guerilla Violence in Missouri’s Civil War, 1861-1865
Stanley Harrold, Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War
Kate Masur, An Example of All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington D.C.
Howard Jones, Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations


First Place: Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life

Robert McGlone, John Brown’s War Against Slavery
Mark Wahlgren Summers, A Dangerous Stir: Fear, Paranoia, and the Making of Reconstruction


First Place: James McPherson, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
Craig Symonds, Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War

Honorable Mention:
Jacqueline Jones, Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War
Fred Kaplan, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer and William Lee Miller, President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman


First Place: James Oakes, The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics
Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters

Robert Cooke, Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965

Honorable Mention: Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War


First Place: Douglas L. Wilson, Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words

Martha Hodes, The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century
Harry S. Stout, Upon the Alter of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War


First Place: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Ronald White, The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through his Words
Steven Woodworth, Nothing But Victory: The Army of Tennessee 1961-1865
Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

Honorable Mentions:
Carol Bundy, The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-1864
Margaret Creighton, The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History - Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle
Richard F. Miller, Harvard’s Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry


First Place: Allen C. Guelzo, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

Second Place: Harold Holzer, Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President

Jonathan D. Martin, Divided Mastery: Slave Hiring in the American South
Jane A. Schultz, Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America


First Place: Richard J. Carwardine, Lincoln

Special Achievement Award: John Y. Simon for editing 26 volumes—to date—of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant

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


First Place: George C. Rable, Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!

Second Place: John Stauffer, The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race

Honorable Mention: Michael Fitzgerald, Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890

E-Lincoln Prize: John Adler for HarpWeek Presents Lincoln and the Civil


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

Honorable Mention:
Alice Fahs, The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North & South, 1861-1865
Kenneth J. Winkle, The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln


First Place: Russell F. Weigley, A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865

Second Place: Leonard L. Richards, The Slave Power: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780-1860

Finalist: Mark L. Bradley, This Astounding Close Road to Bennett Place,

E-Lincoln Prize Winner: Edward L. Ayers, Anne S. Rubin, and William G. Thomas for Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of War (CD-ROM)

Second Place: Stephen Railton for Uncle Tom’s Cabin and American Culture (web site)


First Place: John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger, Runaway Slaves: Rebels in the Plantation
Allen C. Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President

Second Place: Michael Holt, The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard N. Current, University Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro


First Place: Douglas L. Wilson, Honor’s Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln

Second Place: J. Tracy Power, Lee’s Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, from the Wilderness to Appomattox


First Place: Jim McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

Second Place: William C. Harris, With Charity For All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union

Honorable Mention:
Gary Gallagher, The Confederate War: How Popular Will, Nationalism, and Military Strategy Could Not Stave off Defeat
James Robertson, Jr., Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend


First Place: Don Fehrenbacher, Lifetime Achievement with special recognition of Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850s and The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics


First Place: David Donald, Lincoln.

Second Place: Mark Grimsley, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians 1861-1865

Finalist: Michael Fellman, Citizen Sherman: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman


First Place: Phillip Shaw Paludan, The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

Second Place: William Marvel, Andersonville: The Last Depot

Finalist: Charles B. Dew, Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge


First Place (co-winners): Ira Berlin, Barbara Fields, Steven Miller, Joseph Reidy, Leslie Rowland, eds., Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War

Second Place: Reid Mitchell, The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home

Winthrop D. Jordan, Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy
John Evangelist Walsh, The Shadows Rise: Abraham Lincoln and the Anne Rutledge Legend


First Place: Kenneth Stampp, Lifetime Achievement with special recognition of The Peculiar Institution

Second Place: Albert Castel, Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864

John F. Marszalek, Sherman: A Soldier’s Passion for Order(Vintage Books)
Craig L. Symonds Joseph E. Johnston, A Civil War Biography


First Place (split equally): William S. McFeely, Frederick Douglass
Charles Royster, The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans

Finalist: Ira Berlin, et al., Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation 1861-1867: Series I, Volume III, The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Lower South


First Place: Ken Burns, The Civil War

Mark E. Neely, Jr., The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties
Warren Wilkinson, Mother May You Never See The Sights I Have Seen: The Fifty-Seventh Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers in the Last Year of the Civil War