Dunning Prize

Mathilda Dunning wanted to memorialize her father, so she left a bequest establishing an award in his name. The Dunning Prize, given by the American Historical Association, is given to a young scholar for the best book on United States history. In a twist that is different from many awards, this prize is given only to books which are the authorís first or second book.

The award was established in 1929 and given out every other year until 1986, when it became annual.

Winners

Year
Title
Author
2003
City of Courts Michael Willrich
2001
The Education of Laura Bridgman Ernest Freeberg
1999
Asylum for Mankind Marilyn Baseler
1997
Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs Kathleen Brown
1995
Farmers and Fishermen Daniel Vickers
1993
Palatines, Liberty, and Property A.G. Roeber
Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy Daniel Usner Jr.
1991
Waterfront Worker of New Orleans Eric Arnesen
1990
A Midwife's Tale Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
1989
The Last of the Fathers Drew McCoy
1988
Hoover Dam Joseph Stevens
1987
Tobacco and Slaves Allan Kulikoff
1986
Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground Barbara Fields
1984
Eugene Debs Nick Salvatore
1982
Transatlantic Industrial Revolution David Jeremy
1980
The Plains Across John Unruh Jr
1978
Politics and Power in a Slave Society J. Mills Thornton
1976
Burnham of Chicago Thomas Hines
1974
Salem Possessed Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum
1972
Mussolini and Fascism John Diggins
1970
The Creation of the American Republic Gordon Wood
1968
Twelve Against Empire Robert Beisner
1966
Toward Lexington John Willard Shy
1964
Politics, Principle, and Prejudice, 1865-1866 John & LaWanda Cox
1962
The Power of the Purse E. James Ferguson
1960
Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction Eric McKitrick
1958
The Jacksonian Persuasion Marvin Myers
1956
Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism John Higham
1954
The Old Country Store Gerald Carson
1952
Steamboats on the Western Rivers Louis & Beatrice Hunter
1950
Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth Henry Nash Smith
1948
Mahan and Seapower William Livezey
1946
Landlords and Farmers in the Hudson Mohawk Region David Ellis
1944
Admiral Sims and the Modern American Navy Elting Morison
1942
Boston's Immigrants Oscar Handlin
1940
Robert Dale Owen Richard Leopold
1938
Business Enterprise in the American Revolutionary Era Robert East
1935
The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic Angie Debo
1933
The Mission to Spain of Pierre Soule Amos Ettinger
1931
South Carolina During Reconstruction Francis Simkins and R. H. Woody
1929
Benjamin H. Hill Haywood Pearce Jr

 

 

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