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Ray Allen Billington Prize Winners

2017 Karl Jacoby, Columbia University, The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire (W. W. Norton  Company)

2015 Jared Farmer, Stony Brook University, SUNY, Trees in Paradise: A California History (W.W. Norton & Company)

2013 Peter Boag, Washington State University, Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past (University of California Press)

2011 Louise Pubols, Oakland Museum of California, The Father of All: The de la Guerra Family, Power, and Patriarchy in Mexican California (University of California Press/The Huntington Library)

2009 Matthew Klingle, Bowdoin College, Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle (Yale University Press)

2007 Pablo R. Mitchell, Oberlin College, Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880–1920 (The University of Chicago Press)

2005 Colin G. Calloway, Dartmouth College, One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark (University of Nebraska Press).

2003 Martha A. Sandweiss, Amherst College, Print the Legend: Photography and the American West (Yale University Press)

2001 Gunther Peck, Reinventing Free Labor: Padrones and Immigrant Workers in the North American West, 1880–1930 (Cambridge University Press)

1999 Malcolm J. Rohrbough, Days of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the American Nation (University of California Press)

Elliott West, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (University Press of Kansas)

1997 No award given.

1995 John P. Demos, The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.)

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)

1991 James N. Gregory, American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California (Oxford University Press)

1989 Albert L. Hurtado, Indian Survival on the California Frontier (Yale University Press)

1987 Paul Andrew Hutton, Phil Sheridan and His Army (The University of Nebraska Press)

1985 Francis Paul Prucha, S.J., The Great Father (The University of Nebraska Press)

1983 David Weber, The Mexican Frontier, 1821–1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico (The University of New Mexico Press)

1981 John D. Unruh, The Plains Across (University of Illinois Press)