HISTORY PRIZE WINNERS
In 1980 the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey launched a program of making an annual award (currently $1,500) to a person chosen for “distinguished achievement in advancing the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American History.” Preference is given to work on the history of the United States in its Colonial, Revolutionary and Federal periods; and to work done by persons associated with New Jersey institutions or agencies. The award is presented annually at the Society’s Annual Meeting Banquet held at Anderson House in Washington, DC. Listed below are the works the authors of which have been awarded the Society’s History Prize since 2006.



2017: George Washington's Journey by Professor T.H. Breen of North Western University and the University of Vermont;

Timothy H. Breen is currently the William Smith Mason Professor of American History Emeritus at Northwestern University and a James Marsh Professor at Large at the University of Vermont. He is the founding director of the Kaplan Humanities Center and the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern. Breen is a specialist on the American Revolution. He studies the history of early America with a special interest in political thought, material culture, and cultural anthropology. Breen has published multiple books and over 60 articles. In 2015 he released his latest book, George Washington’s Journey.


2016: Independence Lost by Professor Kathleen DuVal of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;

Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s marginalized voices. Now, in Independence Lost, she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida’s Gulf Coast.


2015: The Royalist Revolution by Dr. Eric Nelson of Harvard University;

Eric Nelson is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on the history of political thought in early-modern Europe and America, and on the implications of that history for debates in contemporary political theory. Particular interests include the history of republican political theory, the relationship between the history of political thought and the history of scholarship, theories of property, and the phenomenon of secularization. Nelson is the author of The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding (Harvard/Belknap, 2014),


2014: The Men Who Lost America Professor Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy of the University of Virginia;

Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylania Press, 2000) and The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire(New Haven:Yale University Press, 2013)


2013: American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America by David O. Stewart, attorney and author;

David O. Stewart turned to writing after more than a quarter century of law practice in Washington, D.C. as a trial and appellate lawyer. The book explores Burr's astounding Western expedition of 1805-07 and his treason trial before Chief Justice John Marshall.


2012: Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by Professor Emeritus John E. Ferling, professor of history at the University of West Georgia.

John E. Ferling is a leading historian in the American Revolution, he has appeared in television documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, C-SPAN Book TV, and the Learning Channel


2011: Separated by Their Sex by Professor Mary Beth Norton, is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at the Department of History at Cornell University.

In Separated by Their Sex, Mary Beth Norton offers a bold genealogy that shows how gender came to determine the right of access to the Anglo-American public sphere by the middle of the eighteenth century. Earlier, high-status men and women alike had been recognized as appropriate political actors, as exemplified during and after Bacon's Rebellion by the actions of—and reactions to—Lady Frances Berkeley, wife of Virginia's governor. By contrast, when the first ordinary English women to claim a political voice directed group petitions to Parliament during the Civil War of the 1640s, men relentlessly criticized and parodied their efforts. Even so, as late as 1690 Anglo-American women's political interests and opinions were publicly acknowledged.
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