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The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, founded by the late Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman in partnership with Gabor Boritt, Director Emeritus of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, is administered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. It has been awarded annually since 1991 for "the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War soldier, or the American Civil War era."[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:[2][3][4]

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
2016 Martha Hodes[5][6] Mourning Lincoln
2017 James B. Conroy; Douglas R. Egerton Conroy, Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime

Egerton, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America

2018 Edward L. Ayers The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America
2019 David W. Blight Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
2020 Elizabeth R. Varon Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War
2021 David S. Reynolds Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times
2022 Caroline E. Janney Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee's Army after Appomattox
2023 Jon Meacham; Jonathan White Meacham, And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

White, A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House

2024 Frances M. Clarke and Rebecca Jo Plant Of Age: Boy Soldiers and Military Power in the Civil War Era

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  1. ^ "Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize | Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History". www.gilderlehrman.org. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Gettysburg College - Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize". gettysburg.edu.
  3. ^ "2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Awarded to Books That Explore Lincoln's Relationship with Border States, Jag Joseph Holt". newswise.com.
  4. ^ "Gettysburg College - Previous Winners". www.gettysburg.edu. Archived from the original on September 25, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Gettysburg College - Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize". www.gettysburg.edu. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "'Mourning Lincoln' Wins Book Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2016.

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