The 2011 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 Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” by Eric Foner (W.W. Norton & Company), a well orchestrated examination of Lincoln’s changing views of slavery, bringing unforeseeable twists and a fresh sense of improbability to a familiar story.

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University (left), presents the 2011 History prize to Eric Foner.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South,” by Stephanie McCurry (Harvard University Press), an insightful work analyzing the experience of disenfranchised white women and black slaves who were left when Confederate soldiers headed for the battlefield; and “Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston,” by Michael Rawson (Harvard University Press), an impressive selection of case studies that reveal how Boston helped shape the remarkable growth of American cities in the 19th century.