Merle Curti Award

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The Merle Curti Award is awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American social and/or American intellectual history.[1][2][3] A committee of 5 members of the Organization of American Historians chooses the winners from published monographs submitted by the author(s). Committee members represent the entire spectrum of American history and serve a one-year term. Beginning with the awards of 2004, the Committee may select 1 book "winner" in American intellectual history, 1 book "winner" in American social history, and may list other "finalists" in each field. "Winners" split a $1000 cash award.[4] Although not explicitly stated, "American" refers to the "United States of America" alone.

Year Winner Title
1978 Henry F. May The Enlightenment in America (Oxford University Press)
1979 Garry Wills Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence (Doubleday)
1980 Paul E. Johnson A Shopkeeper's Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837 (Hill and Wang)
Thomas Dublin Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860 (Columbia University Press)
1981 James T. Schleifer The Making of Tocqueville's Democracy in America (University of North Carolina Press)
1982 George M. Fredrickson White Supremacy: A Comparative Study of American and South African History
1983 Norman Fiering Moral Philosophy at Seventeenth-Century Harvard: A Discipline in Transition (Institute of Early American History by the University of North Carolina Press)
1984 Dino Cinel From Italy to San Francisco: The Immigrant Experience (Stanford University Press)
1985 Leo P. Ribuffo The Old Christian Right: The Protestant Far Right from the Great Depression to the Cold War (Temple University Press)
1986 Kerby A. Miller Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America (Oxford University Press)
1987 James T. Kloppenberg Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920 (Oxford University Press)
1988 Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, James Leloudis, Robert Korstad, Mary Murphy, Lu Ann Jones and Christopher B. Daly Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (University of North Carolina Press)
Marcus Rediker Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World: 1700-1750 (Cambridge University Press)
1989 Edmund S. Morgan Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America (Norton)
1990 James H. Merrell The Indians' New World: Catawbas and their Neighbor from European Contact thru the Era of Removal (Institute of Early American History by the University of North Carolina Press)
1991 David D. Hall Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England (Knopf)
John L. Brooke The Heart of the Commonwealth: Society and Political Culture in Worcester County, Massachusetts 1713-1861 (Cambridge University Press)
1992 David R. Roediger The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (Verso)
1993 Robert B. Westbrook John Dewey and American Democracy (Cornell University Press)
1994 W. Fitzhugh Brundage Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930 (University of Illinois Press)
1995 Wilfred M. McClay The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America
1996 George Chauncey Gay New York: Gender, Urban Cultural, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books)
1997 Lance Banning The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic (Cornell University Press)
Ann Douglas Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
1998 Robert A. Orsi Thank You, St. Jude: Women's Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes (Yale University Press)
1999 Rogers M. Smith Civic Ideals
2000 Woody Holton Forced Founders
Walter Johnson Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Harvard University Press)
2001 Kimberly K. Smith The Dominion of Voice: Riot, Reason, and Romance in Antebellum Politics
2002 David W. Blight Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
2003 Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz Rereading Sex: Battles over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in Nineteenth-Century America
2004 Colin G. Calloway One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark (History of the American West)
George M. Marsden Jonathan Edwards: A Life
Steven Hahn A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
2005 Steven Mintz Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood
Michael O'Brien Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860
2006 Elizabeth Borgwardt A New Deal for the World: America's Vision for Human Rights
Thomas Dublin The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century
2007 Scott Reynolds Nelson Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry: the Untold Story of an American Legend
Moon-Ho Jung Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar in the Age of Emancipation (The Johns Hopkins University Press)
2008 Marcus Rediker The Slave Ship: A Human History
2009 Vincent Brown The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Harvard University Press)
Pekka Hämäläinen The Comanche Empire (Yale University Press)
2010 Laura Dassow Walls The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (The University of Chicago Press)
Seth Rockman Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (The Johns Hopkins University Press)
2011 Jefferson Cowie Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class (The New Press)
Stephanie McCurry Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Harvard University Press)
2012 Susan Pearson The Rights of the Defenseless: Protecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America (The University of Chicago Press)
Cindy Hahamovitch No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor (Princeton University Press))
2013 Angus Burgin The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Great Depression (Harvard University Press)
Brett Rushforth Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France (The University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture)
2014 W. Caleb McDaniel The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists and Transatlantic Reform (Louisiana State University Press)
Alan Taylor The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832 (W. W. Norton & Company)
2015 Kyle G. Volk Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy (Oxford University Press)
Cornelia H. Dayton and Sharon V. Salinger Robert Love's Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (University of Pennsylvania Press)


  1. ^ "Merle Curti Award". The Organization of American Historians: Programs & Resources: OAH Awards and Prizes. The Organization of American Historians. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
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