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Frederick Jackson Turner Award Winners

2019 Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, Western Carolina University, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy (Oxford University Press)

Finalist: Jonathan Gienapp, Stanford University, The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Harvard University Press)

Finalist: Monica Muñoz Martinez, Brown University, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press)

Finalist: Ana Raquel Minian, Stanford University, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press)

2018 Brian McCammack, Lake Forest College, Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University, The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture (The University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention: Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, Cornell University. Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America (Princeton University Press)

2017 Max Krochmal, Texas Christian University, Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press)

2016 Mark G. Hanna, University of California, San Diego, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570–1740 (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention: Joshua L. Reid, University of Washington, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs (Yale University Press)

Honorable Mention: Andrew J. Torget, University of North Texas, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800–1850 (University of North Carolina Press)

2015 Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life (Harvard University Press)

Honorable mention: Jamie Cohen-Cole, George Washington University, The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature (The University of Chicago Press)

Honorable mention: Katherine C. Mooney, Florida State University, Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack (Harvard University Press)

Honorable mention: Kyle G. Volk, University of Montana, Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy (Oxford University Press)

2014 Geraldo L. Cadava, Northwestern University, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention:  Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, San Francisco State University, Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California (Duke University Press)

2013 Jonathan Levy, Princeton University, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Harvard University Press)

2012 David Sehat, Georgia State University, The Myth of American Religious Freedom (Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention: James T. Sparrow, University of Chicago, The Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government (Oxford University Press)

2011 Danielle L. McGuire, Wayne State University, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Alfred A. Knopf)

Honorable Mention: Mark Brilliant, University of California, Berkeley, The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941–1978 (Oxford University Press).

Honorable Mention: Robert Perkinson, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire (Metropolitan Books)

Honorable Mention: Christina Snyder, Indiana University, Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America (Harvard University Press)

2010 Bethany Moreton, University of Georgia, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Charlotte Brooks, Baruch College, CUNY, Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (The University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention: Christine Keiner, Rochester Institute of Technology, The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen, and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880 (The University of Georgia Press)

Honorable Mention: Lisa Levenstein, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, A Movement without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (The University of North Carolina Press)

2009 Leslie Brown, Williams College, Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Jim Crow South (The University of North Carolina Press)

2008 Charles Postel, California State University, Sacramento, The Populist Vision (Oxford University Press)

2007 Ned Blackhawk, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: Aaron Sachs, Cornell University, The Humboldt Current: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism (Viking)

2006 Tiya Alicia Miles, University of Michigan, Ties that Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (University of California Press)

Honorable Mention: Eiichiro Azuma, University of Pennsylvania, Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford University Press)

2005 Mae M. Ngai, University of Chicago, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press)

2004 Thomas A. Guglielmo, University of Notre Dame, White on Arrival: Italians, Race, Color, and Power in Chicago, 1890–1945 (Oxford University Press)

2003 James F. Brooks, University of California, Santa Barbara, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press)

2002 Adam Rome, Pennsylvania State University, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (Cambridge University Press)

2001 Lisa Norling, University of Minnesota, Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720–1870 (The University of North Carolina Press)

2000 Timothy B. Tyson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power (University of North Carolina Press)

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

1999 Amy Dru Stanley, From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation (Cambridge University Press)

1998 Neil Foley, White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (University of California Press)

1997 Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896–1920 (The University of North Carolina Press)

1996 James T. Campbell, Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa (Oxford University Press)

1995 George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890–1940 (Basic Books)

1994 Peter Way, Common Labour: Workers & the Digging of North American Canals 1780–1860 (Cambridge University Press)

1993 Daniel K. Richter, The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization (The University of North Carolina Press for the Institute of Early American History and Culture)

1992 Rámon A. Gutiérrez, When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500–1864 (Stanford University Press)

1991 Christopher F. Clark, The Roots of Rural Capitalism: Western Massachusetts, 1780–1860 (Cornell University Press)

1990 James H. Merrell, The Indians’ New World: Catawbas and their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal (Institute of Early American History and Culture and The University of North Carolina Press)

1989 Bruce Nelson, Workers on the Waterfront: Seamen, Longshoremen,and Unionism in the 1930s (University of Illinois Press)

1988 David Montejano, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836–1986 (University of Texas Press)

1987 Alexander Keyssar, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts (Cambridge University Press)

1986 Chester M. Morgan, Redneck Liberal: Theodore G. Bilbo and the New Deal (Louisiana State University Press)

1985 Barton C. Shaw, The Wool-Hat Boys: Georgia's Populist Party (Louisiana State University Press)

Sean Wilentz, Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788–1850 (Oxford University Press)

1984 Steven Hahn, The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850–1890 (Oxford University Press)

1983 Rosalind Rosenberg, Beyond Separate Spheres (Yale University Press)

1982 Clayborne Carson, To Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (Harvard University Press)

1981 William C. Widenor, Henry Cabot Lodge and the Search for an American Foreign Policy (University of California Press)

1980 John Mack Farragher, Women and Men on the Overland Trail (Yale University Press)

1979 Charles F. Fanning, Jr., Peter Finley Dunne and Mr. Dooley: The Chicago Years (University of Kentucky Press)

1978 Daniel T. Rodgers, Work Ethic in Industrial America, 1850–1920 (University of Chicago Press)

1977 Merritt Roe Smith, Harpers Ferry Amory and the New Technology (Cornell University Press)

1976 No award given.

1975 No award given.

1974 Thomas H. Bender Toward an Urban Vision (University of Kentucky Press)

1973 Mary O. Furner, Advocacy and Objectivity: A Crisis in the Professionalization of American Social Science, 1865–1905 (University of Kentucky Press)

1972 Edward A. Purcell, Jr., The Crisis of Democratic Theory: Scientific Naturalism and the Problem of Value (University of Kentucky Press)

1971 John Garry Clifford, The Citizen Soldiers (University of Kentucky Press)

1970 Robert Griffith, The Politics of Fear: Joseph McCarthy and the Senate (University of Kentucky Press)

1969 Ross Gregory, Walter Hines Page, Ambassador to the Court of St. James (University of Kentucky Press)

1968 No award given.

1967 Ross E. Paulson, Radicalism and Reform, 1837–1937 (University of Kentucky Press)

1966 James T. Patterson, Congressional Conservatism and the New Deal: The Growth of the Conservative Coalition in Congress, 1933–1939 (University of Kentucky Press)

1965 Ronald E. Shaw, Erie Water West: A History of the Erie Canal, 1792–1854 (University of Kentucky)

1964 No award given.

1963 No award given.

1962 Donald O. Johnson, The Challenge to American Freedoms: World War I and the Rise of the American Civil Liberties Union (University of Kentucky Press)

1961 Robert E. Quirk, An Affair of Honor: Woodrow Wilson and the Occupation of Vera Cruz (University Press of Kentucky)

1960 No award given.

1959 Donald F. Warner, The Idea of Continuous Union: Agitation for the Annexation of Canada to the United States, 1849–1893 (University of Kentucky Press)