Lincoln Prize

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The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, endowed by Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman and administered by Gettysburg College, has been awarded annually since 1991 for the best non-fiction historical work of the year on the American Civil War. It is named for U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.[1]


The prize has been split equally between two entries on six occasions (1992, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014). Recipients of the $50,000 prize have included:

Year Author Winning Title
1991 Ken Burns The Civil War
1992 William S. McFeely Frederick Douglass
1992 Charles Royster The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans
1993 Kenneth Stampp The Peculiar Institution
1994 Ira Berlin, Barbara Fields, Steven Miller, Joseph Reidy, Leslie Rowland, eds. Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War
1995 Phillip Shaw Paludan The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln
1996 David Herbert Donald Lincoln
1997 Don Fehrenbacher Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850s and The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics
1998 James M. McPherson For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War
1999 Douglas L. Wilson Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln
2000 John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger Runaway Slaves: Rebels in the Plantation
2000 Allen C. Guelzo Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President
2001 Russell F. Weigley A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865
2002 David W. Blight Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
2003 George C. Rable Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!
2004 Richard Carwardine Lincoln
2005 Allen C. Guelzo Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation
2006 Doris Kearns Goodwin Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
2007 Douglas L. Wilson Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words
2008 James Oakes The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics
2008 Elizabeth Brown Pryor Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through his Private Letters
2009 James M. McPherson Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
2009 Craig Symonds Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War
2010 Michael Burlingame Abraham Lincoln: A Life
2011 Eric Foner The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
2012 Elizabeth D. Leonard Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky
2012 William C. Harris Lincoln and the Border States
2013 James Oakes Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
2014 Allen C. Guelzo Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
2014 Martin P. Johnson Writing the Gettysburg Address
2015 Harold Holzer[2] Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

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