Pulitzer Prize for History

The Pulitzer Prize for History, administered by Columbia University, is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It has been presented since 1917 for a distinguished book about the history of the United States. Thus it is one of the original Pulitzers, for the program was inaugurated in 1917 with seven prizes, four of which were awarded that year.[1] The Pulitzer Prize program has also recognized some historical work with its Biography prize, from 1917, and its General Non-Fiction prize, from 1962.

Finalists have been announced from 1980, ordinarily two others beside the winner.[2]


In its first 97 years to 2013, the History Pulitzer was awarded 95 times. Two prizes were given in 1989; none in 1919, 1984, and 1994.[2] Four people have won two each, Margaret Leech, Bernard Bailyn, Paul Horgan and Alan Taylor.








Entries from this point on include the finalists listed after the winner for each year.





  • 2022: Two winners: Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America by Nicole Eustace, and Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer
    • Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction by Kate Masur

Repeat winnersEdit

Five people have won the Pulitzer Prize for History twice.

  • Margaret Leech, 1942 for Reveille in Washington, 1860–1865 and 1960 for In the Days of McKinley
  • Bernard Bailyn, 1968 for The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution and 1987 for Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution
  • Paul Horgan, 1955 for Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History and 1976 for Lamy of Santa Fe
  • Alan Taylor, 1996 for William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic and 2014 for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832[9]
  • Don E. Fehrenbacher completed The Impending Crisis by David Potter, for which Potter posthumously won the 1977 prize, and won the 1979 prize himself for The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1917 Winners". The Pulitzer Prizes (pulitzer.org). Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  2. ^ a b "History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  3. ^ "History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes".
  5. ^ "History". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ "2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org.
  7. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org.
  8. ^ "Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, by W. Caleb McDaniel (Oxford University Press)". pulitzer.org. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  9. ^ Husna Haq (2014-04-14). "Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' – a novel that has charmed critics and readers alike – wins the 2014 Pulitzer Prize". CSMonitor.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22.

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