AAS Members Who Have Won A Pulitzer 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.

Prize Categories:
History | Biography or Autobiography | Commentary | Fiction | General Nonfiction | Editorial Writing


  • 1916   Jean Jules Jusserand, With Americans of Past and Present Days
  • 1918   James Ford Rhodes, History of the Civil War
  • 1920   Justin H. Smith, The War With Mexico
  • 1922   James Truslow Adams,The Founding of New England
  • 1923   Charles Warren, The Supreme Court in United States History
  • 1926   Edward Channing, A History of the United States
  • 1927   Samuel Flagg Bemis, Pickney's Treaty
  • 1930   Claude H. Van Tyne, The War of Independence
  • 1933   Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of Sections in American History
  • 1935   Charles McLean Andrews,The Colonial Period of American History
  • 1936   Andrew C. McLaughlin, The Constitutional History of the United States
  • 1938   Paul Herman Buck, The Road to Reunion, 1865-1900
  • 1939   Frank Luther Mott, A History of American Magazines
  • 1943   Esther Forbes, Paul Revere and the World He Lived In
  • 1944   Merle Curti, The Growth of American Thought
  • 1946   Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. , The Age of Jackson
  • 1947   James Phinney Baxter 3rd, Scientists Against Time
  • 1952   Oscar Handlin, The Uprooted
  • 1953   George Dangerfield, The Era of Good Feelings
  • 1954   Bruce Catton, A Stillness at Appomattox
  • 1955   Paul Horgan, Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History
  • 1956   Richard Hofstadter, The Age of Reform
  • 1962   Lawrence H. Gipson, The Triumphant Empire: Thunderclouds Gather in the West
  • 1966   Perry Miller, The Life of the Mind in America
  • 1967   William Goetzmann, Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and Scientist in the Winning of the American West
  • 1968   Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
  • 1969   Leonard W. Levy, Origin of the Fifth Amendment
  • 1972   Carl N. Degler, Neither Black Nor White
  • 1973   Michael Kammen, People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization
  • 1974   Daniel Boorstin, The Americans: The Democratic Experience
  • 1975   Dumas Malone, Jefferson and His Time
  • 1976   Paul Horgan, Lamy of Santa Fe
  • 1977   Don Fehrenbacher, The Impending Crisis
  • 1978   Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business
  • 1979   Don E. Fehrenbacher, The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics
  • 1980   Leon F. Litwack, Been in the Storm So Long
  • 1981   Lawrence A. Cremin, American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876
  • 1982   C. Vann Woodward, ed., Mary Chestnut's Civil War
  • 1987   Bernard Bailyn, Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution
  • 1989   James M. McPherson, The Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
  • 1991   Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary
  • 1993   Gordon S. Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution
  • 1995   Doris Kearns Goodwin, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront in World War II
  • 1996   Alan S. Taylor , William Cooper's Town
  • 1997   Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
  • 2000   Joseph J. Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
  • 2005   David Hackett Fischer, Washington's Crossing
  • 2007   Eugene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
  • 2008   Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848
  • 2009   Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
  • 2011   Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
  • 2014   Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
  • 2019   David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom


Biography or Autobiography

  • 1919   Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
  • 1920   Albert J. Beveridge, The Life of John Marshall
  • 1925   M.A. DeWolfe Howe, Barrett Wendell and His Letters
  • 1933   Allan Nevins, Grover Cleveland
  • 1935   Douglas Southall Freeman, R.E. Lee
  • 1937   Allan Nevins, Hamilton Fish: The Inner History of the Grant Administration
  • 1943   Samuel Eliot Morison, Admiral of the Ocean Sea [Columbus]
  • 1945   Russel Blaine Nye, George Bancroft: Brahmin Rebel
  • 1950   Samuel Flagg Bemis, John Quincy Adams and the Foundation of American Foreign Policy
  • 1958   Douglas Southall Freeman, George Washington
  • 1960   Samuel Eliot Morison, John Paul Jones
  • 1961   David Donald, Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War
  • 1966   Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. , A Thousand Days
  • 1982   William S. McFeely, Grant: A Biography
  • 1985   Kenneth Silverman, The Life and Times of Cotton Mather
  • 1988   David Herbert Donald, Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe
  • 1993   David McCullough, Truman
  • 2002   David McCullough, John Adams
  • 2014   Megan Marshall, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life



  • 1978   William Safire, New York Times



  • 1972   Wallace E. Stegner, Angle of Repose


General Nonfiction

  • 1964   Richard Hofstadter, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
  • 1965   Howard Mumford Jones, O Strange New World
  • 1967   David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture
  • 1986   Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
  • 1993   Garry Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg



Editorial Writing

  • 1943   Forrest W. Seymour, Des Moines Register and Tribune

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