Annal: 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History

Results of the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1995.

Book:No Ordinary Time

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

Doris Kearns Goodwin

No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin’s marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor’s life as First Lady, and FDR’s White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.

Book:Lincoln in American Memory

Lincoln in American Memory

Merrill D. Peterson

Lincoln’s death, like his life, was an event of epic proportions. When the president was struck down at his moment of triumph, writes Merrill Peterson, “sorrow—indescribable sorrow” swept the nation. After lying in state in Washington, Lincoln’s body was carried by a special funeral train to Springfield, Illinois, stopping in major cities along the way; perhaps a million people viewed the remains as memorial orations rang out and the world chorused its praise. It was the apotheosis of the martyred president—the beginning of the transformation of a man into a mythic hero.

In Lincoln in American Memory, historian Merrill Peterson provides a fascinating history of Lincoln’s place in American thought and imagination from the hour of his death to the present. In tracing the changing image of Lincoln through time, this wide-ranging account offers insight into the evolution and the struggles of American politics and society—and into the character of Lincoln himself.

Book:Stories of Scottsboro

Stories of Scottsboro

James E. Goodman

In 1931, outside the town of Scottsboro, Alabama, nine black youths were charged with the rape of two white women. The case became a cause celebre that shocked America, reawakened the struggle for racial equality, and led finally to two landmark Supreme Court decisions.

In this powerful retelling of the Scottsboro case, James Goodman, an assistant professor of history at Harvard, sets out to answer the question “what happened?” by moving from one point of view to another—the defendants, the two white women, the Communist Party who would shoulder the costs of the black youths’ legal representation, Northerners, Southerners, blacks and whites—detailing not only what they saw and heard, but also how their memories, ideas, and past experiences shaped their perceptions of the case. Goodman shows how people were able to present their stories of Scottsboro as the true “Story of Scottsboro,”…[more]

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