Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


Prize-Winning Books

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2016

Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570–1640

David Wheat

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (2015)

The Common Cause

Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution

Robert G. Parkinson

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • James A. Rawley Prize, Organization of American Historians (2017)

2015

Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570–1740

Mark G. Hanna

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians (2016)
  • Honorable Mention, John Lyman Book Award, North American Society for Oceanic History (2015)
  • John Ben Snow Book Prize, North American Conference on British Studies (2016)

2014

New Netherland Connections

Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America

Susanah Shaw Romney

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (2013)
  • Annual Hendricks Award for 2013, New Netherland Institute
  • Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize (2014)

Final Passages

The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619–1807

Gregory E. O’Malley

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Elsa Goveia Book Prize, Association of Caribbean Historians (2013/14)
  • James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History, American Historical Association (2015)
  • Morris D. Forkosch Prize, American Historical Association (2015)
  • Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association (2015)

The Art of Conversion

Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo

Cécile Fromont

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize, Journal of Africana Religions (2015)
  • Best First Book in the History of Religions, American Academy of Religion (2015)

2013

Ireland in the Virginian Sea

Colonialism in the British Atlantic

Audrey Horning

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2015)
  • James Mooney Award, Southern Anthropological Society (2014)

Freedom’s Debt

The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672–1752

William A. Pettigrew

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (2009)
  • Shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize, Royal Historical Society (2013)

2012

A Harmony of the Spirits

Translation and the Language of Community in Early Pennsylvania

Patrick M. Erben

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Dale Brown Book Award, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies (2013)

Bonds of Alliance

Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France

Brett Rushforth

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • FEEGI Biennial Book Prize (2013)
  • Merle Curti Award in Social History, Organization of American Historians (2013)
  • Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society (2013)
  • Laurence Wylie Prize in French and Francophone Cultural Studies, Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke University (2012–2013)
  • Finalist, Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (2013)

The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715–1747

A Sojourner in the French Atlantic

Gordon M. Sayre and Carla Zecher

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Honorable Mention, Lois Roth Award for a Translation of a Literary Work, Modern Language Association of America (2012)

2011

The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713–1763

Paul W. Mapp

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • W. Turrentine-Jackson Award, Western History Association (2013)

Citizen Spectator

Art, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America

Wendy Bellion

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum (2014)

The Science of the Soul in Colonial New England

Sarah Rivett

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize, American Society of Church History (2011)

2010

Motives of Honor, Pleasure, and Profit

Plantation Management in the Colonial Chesapeake, 1607–1763

Lorena S. Walsh

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association (2011)

This Violent Empire

The Birth of an American National Identity

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2011)

Prospero’s America

John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606–1676

Walter W. Woodward

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Homer D. Babbidge, Jr., Award, Association for the Study of Connecticut History (2011)
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2010)

In the Eye of All Trade

Bermuda, Bermudians, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680–1783

Michael J. Jarvis

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History, American Historical Association (2010)

Columbia Rising

Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson

John L. Brooke

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize, New York State Historical Association (2010)
  • Best Book Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (2010)
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2011)
  • Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History, New York Academy of History (2010)

2009

Writing Captivity in the Early Modern Atlantic

Circulations of Knowledge and Authority in the Iberian and English Imperial Worlds

Lisa Voigt

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, Modern Language Association of America (2010)

Revolutionary Conceptions

Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760–1820

Susan E. Klepp

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History, American Historical Association (2010)

2007

The Politics of War

Race, Class, and Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia

Michael A. McDonnell

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • New South Wales Premier's History Award (2008)

Masterless Mistresses

The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society, 1727–1834

Emily Clark

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History, Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Historical Association (2007)
  • Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians (2008)
  • Distinguished Book Award, Conference on the History of Women Religious (2010)

2006

The Geographic Revolution in Early America

Maps, Literacy, and National Identity

Martin Brückner

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2006-07)

Sex among the Rabble

An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830

Clare A. Lyons

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • James Broussard Best First Book Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (2007)

American Curiosity

Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World

Susan Scott Parrish

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (2005)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Phi Beta Kappa (2006)

Moral Capital

Foundations of British Abolitionism

Christopher Leslie Brown

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2006)
  • James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History, American Historical Association (2006)
  • Morris D. Forkosch Prize, American Historical Association (2006)
  • Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (2007)

2005

Children of Coyote, Missionaries of St. Francis

Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California, 1769–1850

Steven Hackel

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • James Broussard Best First Book Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (2006)
  • Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Award, American Society for Ethnohistory (2006)
  • Hubert Herring Book Award, Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies (2006)
  • Norman Neuerburg Award, Historical Society of Southern California (2006)
  • W. Turrentine Jackson Award, Western History Association (2007)

Town House

Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780–1830

Bernard Herman

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, Vernacular Architecture Forum (2006)

By Birth or Consent

Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority

Holly Brewer

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Cromwell Prize, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation and the American Society for Legal History (2006)
  • James Willard Hurst Prize, Law and Society Association (2006)
  • Order of the Coif Book Award, Order of the Coif (2008)

2004

A Colony of Citizens

Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787–1804

Laurent Dubois

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • David H. Pinkney Prize, Society for French Historical Studies (2004)
  • James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History, American Historical Association (2004)
  • John Edwin Fagg Prize, American Historical Association (2004)
  • Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (2005)

Fish into Wine

The Newfoundland Plantation in the Seventeenth Century

Peter Pope

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • John Lyman Book Award in Canadian Naval and Maritime History, North American Society for Oceanic History (2004)
  • Clio Prize for the Atlantic Region, Canadian Historical Association (2005)
  • Honorable Mention, Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association (2005)

2003

At the Crossroads

Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700–1763

Jane Merritt

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Honorable Mention, Berkshire Conference First Book Prize (2003)

2002

Captives and Cousins

Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands

James Brooks

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Bancroft Prize (2003)
  • Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians (2003)
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians (2003)
  • Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Award, American Society for Ethnohistory (2003)
  • W. Turrentine Jackson Award, Western History Association (2003)
  • Frederick Douglass Book Prize - Second Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (2003)
  • Caroline Bancroft History Prize - Honor Book, Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library (2003)

2001

Dear Papa, Dear Charley

The Peregrinations of a Revolutionary Aristocrat, as Told by Charles Carroll of Carrollton and His Father, Charles Carroll of Annapolis, with Sundry Observations on Bastardy, Child-Rearing, Romance,Matrimony, Commerce, Tobacco, Slavery, and the Politics of Revolutionary America

Ronald Hoffman, Sally D. Mason and Eleanor S. Darcy

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Maryland Historical Society Book Prize (2002)
  • J. Franklin Jameson Prize, American Historical Association (2005)

2000

The Persistence of Empire

British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution

Eliga Gould

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1993)

Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland

A Carroll Saga, 1500–1782

Ronald Hoffman and Sally Mason

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association (2001)
  • Library of Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction (2001)
  • Maryland Historical Society Book Prize (2002)

1999

A Speaking Aristocracy

Transforming Public Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut

Christopher Grasso

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Homer D. Babbidge Jr. Award, Association for the Study of Connecticut History (2000)

The Other Founders

Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788–1828

Saul Cornell

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2000)
  • Cox Book Prize, Society of the Cincinnati (2001)

Forced Founders

Indians, Debtors, Slaves & the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia

Woody Holton

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award (2000)
  • Merle Curti Award, Organization of American Historians (2000)

1998

Slave Counterpoint

Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

Philip Morgan

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Bancroft Prize (1999)
  • Albert J. Beveridge Award, American Historical Association (1998)
  • Wesley-Logan Prize, American Historical Association (1998)
  • Best Book Award, South Carolina Historical Society (1998)
  • Elliott Rudwick Prize, Organization of American Historians (1998)
  • Jacques Barzun Prize, American Philosophical Society (1998)
  • Frederick Douglass Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (1999)
  • Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association (1999)
  • Library of Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction (1999)
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1998)

The Lord Cornbury Scandal

The Politics of Reputation in British America

Patricia Bonomi

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Distinguished Book Award, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York (1999)

1997

In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes

The Making of American Nationalism, 1776–1820

David Waldstreicher

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1995)

1996

Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs

Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia

Kathleen Brown

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1997)
  • Honorable Mention, Berkshire Conference First Book Prize (1996)

1995

Women Before the Bar

Gender, Law, and Society in Connecticut, 1639–1789

Cornelia Dayton

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1996)
  • Homer D. Babbidge Jr. Award, Association for the Study of Connecticut History (1996)

In Public Houses

Drink and the Revolution of Authority in Colonial Massachusetts

David Conroy

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1995)
  • Herbert Feis Award, American Historical Association (1996)

1994

Farmers and Fishermen

Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630–1850

Daniel Vickers

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (1994-95)
  • John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1995)

Adapting to a New World

English Society in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake

James Horn

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Maryland Historical Society Book Prize (1995)

Early American Technology

Making and Doing Things from the Colonial Era to 1850

Judith McGaw

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1995)

1993

An Anxious Pursuit

Agricultural Innovation and Modernity in the Lower South, 1730–1815

Joyce Chaplin

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Willie Lee Rose Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians (1995)

1992

The Ordeal of the Longhouse

The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization

Daniel Richter

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians (1993)
  • Ray Allen Billington Prize, Organization of American Historians (1993)
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1994)

Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy

The Lower Mississippi Valley before 1783

Daniel Usner, Jr.

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1990)
  • John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1993)
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1993)

1991

Robert Cole’s World

Agriculture and Society in Early Maryland

Lois Green Carr, Russell R. Menard, and Lorena S. Walsh

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Maryland Historical Society Book Prize (1993)
  • Alice Hanson Jones Biennial Prize, Economic History Association (1994)

1990

Unification of a Slave State

The Rise of the Planter Class in the South Carolina Backcountry, 1760–1808

Rachel Klein

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Willie Lee Rose Prize, Southern Association of Women Historians (1990)
  • Francis Butler Simkins Award, Southern Historical Association (1991)

The History of the Ancient and Honorable Tuesday Club by Dr. Alexander Hamilton

Robert Micklus

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Maryland Historical Society Book Prize (1991)

The Formation of a Society on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, 1615–1655

James Perry

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Delmarva History Prize, Center for Delmarva History at Salisbury State University (1997)

Liberty Men and Great Proprietors

The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760–1820

Alan Taylor

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1990)

1989

The Indians’ New World

Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal

James H. Merrell

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Bancroft Prize (1990)
  • Merle Curti Award, Organization of American Historians (1990)
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians (1990)

1986

A Vigorous Spirit of Enterprise

Merchants and Economic Development in Revolutionary Philadelphia

Thomas Doerflinger

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Herbert Feis Award, American Historical Association (1986)
  • Bancroft Prize (1987)

Tobacco and Slaves

The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680–1800

Allan Kulikoff

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Francis Butler Simkins Award, Southern Historical Association (1987)
  • John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1987)
  • Maryland Historical Society Book Prize (1988)

1985

The Economy of British America, 1607–1789

Russell Menard

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1986)
  • Honorable Mention, Distinguished Book Award, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York (1986)

1984

A People’s Army

Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years’ War

Fred Anderson

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1982)
  • Distinguished Book Award, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York (1987)

1982

The Practice of Piety

Puritan Devotional Disciplines in Seventeenth-Century New England

Charles Hambrick-Stowe

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1980)

The Transformation of Virginia, 1740–1790

Rhys Isaac

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • National Historical Society Book Prize (1983)
  • Pulitzer Prize (1983)

1981

In English Ways

The Movement of Societies and the Transferal of English Local Law and Custom to Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century

David Allen

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1976)

Jonathan Edwards’s Moral Thought and Its British Context

Norman Fiering

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Merle Curti Award, Organization of American Historians (1983)

Moral Philosophy at Seventeenth-Century Harvard

A Discipline in Transition

Norman Fiering

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Merle Curti Award, Organization of American Historians (1983)

1980

The First American Constitutions

Republican Ideology and the Making of the State Constitutions in the Revolutionary Era

Willi Adams

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Bicentennial Prize, American Historical Association (1976)

1979

A Revolutionary People at War

The Continental Army and American Character, 1775–1783

Charles Royster

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • John D. Rockefeller III Award (1979)
  • California Book Award–Silver Medal, Commonwealth Club (1980)
  • Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award (1980)
  • Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians (1981)
  • National Historical Society Book Prize (1981)

1978

The Development of American Citizenship, 1608–1870

James Kettner

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1975)

Landlord and Tenant in Colonial New York

Manorial Society, 1664–1775

Sung Kim

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Citation of Honour, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York (1979)

1973

Political Parties before the Constitution

Jackson Main

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award (1974)

1972

Sugar and Slaves

The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624–1713

Richard Dunn

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1972)
  • Walter D. Love Memorial Prize, Conference on British Studies (1973)
  • Finalist, National Book Award (1973)

1969

The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787

Gordon Wood

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Bancroft Prize (1970)
  • John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1970)
  • Finalist, National Book Award (1970)

1968

White over Black

American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550–1812

Winthrop Jordan

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Phi Beta Kappa (1968)
  • Bancroft Prize (1969)
  • Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians (1969)
  • National Book Award (1969)

The Otis Family in Provincial and Revolutionary Massachusetts

John Waters, Jr.

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1968)

1967

The Democratic Republicans of New York

The Origins, 1763–1797

Alfred Young

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1967)

1965

Fisher Ames

Federalist and Statesman, 1758–1808

Winfred Bernhard

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1963)

1963

Travels in North America, in the Years 1780, 1781, and 1782, by the Marquis de Chastellux

Howard Rice, Jr.

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1961)
  • Certificate of Special Merit, Printing Industries of Metropolitan New York (1964)

1962

Saints and Sectaries

Anne Hutchinson and the Antinomian Controversy in the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Emery Battis

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1962)

1961

The Power of the Purse

A History of American Public Finance, 1776–1790

E. James Ferguson

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1962)

Robert Livingston, 1654–1728, and the Politics of Colonial New York

Lawrence Leder

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1957)

The Antifederalists

Critics of the Constitution, 1781–1788

Jackson Turner Main

A Prize-Winning Book:

  • Jamestown Prize (1958)