Annal: 1992 Pulitzer Prize for History

Results of the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1992.

Book:The Fate of Liberty

The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties

Mark E. Neely

If Abraham Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator, he was also the only president to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. Indeed, Lincoln’s record on the Constitution and individual rights has fueled a century of debate, from charges that Democrats were singled out for harrassment to Gore Vidal’s depiction of Lincoln as an “absolute dictator.” Now, in the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Fate of Liberty, one of America’s leading authorities on Lincoln wades straight into this controversy, showing just who was jailed and why, even as he explores the whole range of Lincoln’s constitutional policies.

Mark Neely depicts Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus as a well-intentioned attempt to deal with a floodtide of unforeseen events: the threat to Washington as Maryland flirted with secession, disintegrating public order in the border states, corruption among military contractors, the occupation of hostile Confederate territory, contraband trade with the South, and…[more]

Book:The Middle Ground

The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815

Richard White, Frederick Hoxie, Neal Salisbury

A mutually comprehensible world was established by Europeans and Indians in 1650 in the region around the Great Lakes that the French called the Pays d’en haut. This account reveals how a middle ground for sharing values thrived for 165 years.

Book:Nature's Metropolis

Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

William Cronon

Cronon’s history of 19th-century Chicago is in fact the history of the widespread effects of a single city on millions of square miles of ecological, cultural, and economic frontier. Cronon combines archival accuracy, ecological evaluation, and a sweeping understanding of the impact of railroads, stockyards, catalog companies, and patterns of property on the design of development of the entire inland United States to this date. Although focused on Chicago and the U.S., the general lessons it teaches are of global significance, and a rich source of metaphors for…

Book:Profits in the Wilderness

Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the Seventeenth Century

John Frederick Martin

Book:A Very Thin Line

A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs

Theodore Draper

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