Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award Winners


Lorien Foote, Texas A&M University, Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Brian K. Mitchell, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Barrington S. Edwards, teacher/artist/publisher of comics and graphic media, and Nick Weldon, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana (The Historic New Orleans Collection, publisher; University of Virginia Press, distributor)


Thavolia Glymph, Duke University, The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (The University of North Carolina Press)


W. Caleb McDaniel, Rice University, Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America (Oxford University Press)


Amy Murrell Taylor, University of Kentucky, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (The University of North Carolina Press)


Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond, The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America (W. W. Norton & Company)


Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut, The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press)


Martha Hodes, New York University, Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press)

Honorable Mention: Gregory P. Downs, University of California, Davis, After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War (Harvard University Press)


Edward E. Baptist, Cornell University, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books)


Ari Kelman, University of California, Davis, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Caroline E. Janney, Purdue University, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Walter Johnson, Harvard University, River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)


Jonathan Levy, Princeton University, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard University Press)


Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University, A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community (University Press of Kansas)


Stephanie McCurry, University of Pennsylvania, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Ronald E. Butchart, University of Georgia, Schooling the Freed People: Teaching, Learning, and the Struggle for Black Freedom, 1861–1876 (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Kate Masur, Northwestern University, An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (University of North Carolina Press)


Hannah Rosen, University of Michigan, Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South (The University of North Carolina Press)


Edward B. Rugemer, Yale University, The Problem of Emancipation: The Caribbean Roots of the American Civil War (Louisiana State University Press)


Chandra Manning, Georgetown University, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery and the Civil War (Alfred A. Knopf)


Mark Elliott, Wagner College, Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgée and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy v. Ferguson (Oxford University Press)


Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861–1868 (University of North Carolina Press)


C. Wyatt Evans, Drew University, The Legend of John Wilkes Booth: Myth, Memory, and a Mummy (University Press of Kansas)


Dylan C. Penningroth, Northwestern University, The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South (University of North Carolina Press)


John Stauffer, Harvard University, The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (Harvard University Press)


Don E. Fehrenbacher, Stanford University, The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government’s Relations to Slavery (Oxford University Press) [Dr. Fehrenbacher died in 1997, but Ward M. McAfee, California State University-San Bernardino, a former student of Fehrenbacher’s, completed and edited the book.]


Lyde Cullen Sizer, Sarah Lawrence College, The Political Work of Northern Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850–1872 (The University of North Carolina Press)


Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Harvard University Press)


Amy Dru Stanley, From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation (Cambridge University Press)


William G. Shade, Democratizing the Old Dominion: Virginia and the Second Party System, 1824–1861 (University Press of Virginia)

Mark M. Smith, Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South (University of North Carolina Press)


Drew Gilpin Faust, Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (The University of North Carolina Press)


David L. Gollaher, Voice for the Mad: The Life of Dorothea Dix (The Free Press)


Julie Saville, The Work of Reconstruction: From Slave to Wage Laborer in South Carolina, 1860–1870 (Cambridge University Press)


Eric Lott, Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (Oxford University Press)


Tyler Anbinder, Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the Politics of the 1850s (Oxford University Press)


William S. McFeely, Frederick Douglass (W.W. Norton & Co.)


Grace Palladino, Another Civil War: Labor, Capital, and the State in the Anthracite Regions of Pennsylvania, 1840–1968 (University of Illinois Press)


Lewis P. Simpson, Mind and the American Civil War: A Meditation on Lost Causes (Louisiana State University Press)


Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 (Harper & Row Publishers)


William E. Gienapp, The Origins of the Republican Party 1852–1856 (Oxford University Press

Peter Kolchin, Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (Harvard University Press)


Clarence L. Mohr, On the Threshold of Freedom: Masters and Slaves in Civil War Georgia (University of Georgia Press)


Dan T. Carter, When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South 1865–1867 (Louisiana State University Press)


Michael Perman, Road to Redemption: Southern Politics, 1869–1879 (The University of North Carolina Press)