John H. Dunning Prize Recipients

The John H. Dunning Prize was created in 1927 by a bequest from Miss Mathilda M. Dunning, stipulating that a prize in American history be established in the name of her father. This biennial prize was first awarded in 1929, and has been awarded in odd-numbered years since 1991.

The prize is offered for the best book on any subject pertaining to the history of the United States.

2013

Dr. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (Univ. of Chicago Press)

2011

Dr. Darren T. Dochuk, From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (W. W. Norton)

2009

Dr. Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford Univ. Press)

2007

Dr. Linda L. Nash, Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge (Univ. of California Press, 2007)

2005

Dr. Jon T. Coleman, Vicious: Wolves and Men in America (Yale Univ. Press, 2004)

2003

Dr. Michael Willrich, City of Courts: Socializing Justice in Progressive Era Chicago. (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003)

2001

Dr. Ernest Freeberg, The Education of Laura Bridgman: First Deaf and Blind Person to Learn Language. (Harvard Univ. Press, 2001)

1999

Dr. Marilyn C. Baseler, Asylum for Mankind: America, 1607-1800 (Cornell Univ. Press, 1998)

1997

Dr. Kathleen M. Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Inst. of Early American History and Culture, 1996)

1995

Dr. Daniel Vickers, Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850 (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Inst. of Early American History and Culture, 1994)

1993

Dr. A. Gregg Roeber, Palatines, Liberty, and Property: German Lutherans in Colonial British America (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1993)

1993

Dr. Daniel H. Usner, Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Before 1783 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1992)

1991

Dr. Eric Arnesen, Waterfront Worker of New Orleans: Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923 (Oxford Univ. Press)

1990

Dr. Laurel T. Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (Alfred A. Knopf)

1989

Dr. Drew R. McCoy, The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy (Cambridge Univ. Press)

1988

Dr. Joseph E. Stevens, Hoover Dam: An American Adventure (Univ. of Oklahoma Press)

1987

Dr. Allan Kulikoff, Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800 (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1986

Dr. Barbara J. Fields, Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the 19th Century (Yale Univ. Press.)

1984

Dr. Nick Salvatore, Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist (Univ. of Illinois Press)

1982

Dr. David J. Jeremy, Transatlantic Industrial Revolution: The Diffusion of Textile Technologies between Britain and America, 1770-1830s (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology Press)

1980

Dr. John D. Unruh Jr., The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the TransMississippi West, 1840-60 (Univ. of Illinois Press)

1978

Dr. J. Mills Thornton, Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama, 1800-1861 (Louisiana State Univ. Press)

1976

Dr. Thomas S. Hines, Burnham of Chicago: Architect and Planner (Oxford Univ. Press)

1974

Dr. Paul S. Boyer, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Harvard Univ. Press)

1974

Dr. Stephen Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Harvard Univ. Press)

1972

Dr. John Patrick Diggins, Mussolini and Fascism: The View from America (Princeton Univ. Press)

1970

Dr. Gordon S. Wood, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (Univ. of North Carolina Press for the Inst. of Early American History and Culture)

1968

Dr. Robert L. Beisner, Twelve Against Empire: The Anti-Imperialists, 1898-1900 (McGraw)

1966

Dr. John W. Shy, Toward Lexington: The Role of the British Army in the American Revolution (Princeton Univ. Press)

1964

Dr. John H. Cox, Politics, Principle, and Prejudice, 1865-66 (Free Press of Glencoe)

1964

Dr. LaWanda Fenlason Cox, Politics, Principle, and Prejudice, 1865-66 (Free Press of Glencoe)

1962

Dr. E. James Ferguson, The Power of the Purse: A History of American Public Finance, 1776-90 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, for the Inst. of Early American History and Culture)

1960

Dr. Eric L. McKitrick, Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction (Univ. of Chicago Press)

1958

Dr. Marvin Bud Meyers, The Jacksonian Persuasion (Stanford Univ. Press)

1956

Prof. John Higham, Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism (Rutgers Univ. Press)

1954

Mr. Gerald H. Carson, The Old Country Store (Oxford Univ. Press)

1952

Dr. Louis C. Hunter, Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History (Harvard Univ. Press)

1952

Mrs. Beatrice Jones Hunter, Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History (Harvard Univ. Press)

1950

Dr. Henry Nash Smith, Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth (Harvard Univ. Press)

1948

Dr. William E. Livezey, Mahan on Sea Power (Univ. of Oklahoma Press)

1946

Dr. David M. Ellis, Landlords and Farmers in the Hudson Mohawk Region (Cornell Univ. Press)

1944

Mr. Elting E. Morison, Admiral Sims and the Modern American Navy (Houghton)

1942

Dr. Oscar Handlin, Boston's Immigrants (Harvard Univ. Press)

1940

Mr. Richard W. Leopold, Robert Dale Owen (Harvard Univ. Press)

1938

Mr. Robert A. East, Business Enterprise in the American Revolutionary Era (Columbia Univ. Press)

1935

Dr. Angie Debo, The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic (Univ. of Oklahoma Press)

1933

Mr. Amos A. Ettinger, The Mission to Spain of Pierre Soule (Yale Univ. Press)

1931

Dr. Francis Butler Simkins, South Carolina During Reconstruction (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1931

Dr. R. H. Woody, South Carolina During Reconstruction (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

1929

Mr. Haywood J. Pearce Jr., Benjamin H. Hill: Secession and Reconstruction (Univ. of Chicago Press)