The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners


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For a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company), a painstaking exploration of a sprawling multi-generation slave family that casts provocative new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson.

Annette Gordon-Reed

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, presents the 2009 History prize to Annette Gordon-Reed.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” by Drew Gilpin Faust (Alfred A. Knopf), a deeply researched, gracefully written examination of how a divided nation struggled to comprehend the meaning and practical consequences of unprecedented human carnage; and “The Liberal Hour: Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s,” by G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot (The Penguin Press), an elegantly written account of a brief period in American history that left a profoundly altered national landscape.