Annal: 2000 Pulitzer Prize for History

Results of the Pulitzer Prize in the year 2000.

Book:Freedom from Fear

Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945

David M. Kennedy

You can think of Freedom from Fear as the academic’s version of The Greatest Generation: like Tom Brokaw, Stanford history professor David M. Kennedy focuses on the years of the Great Depression and the Second World War and how the American people coped with those events. But there the similarities end—and, in terms of the differences, one might begin by noting that the historian’s account is over twice the size of the journalist’s.

Whereas Brokaw made use of extensive interviews, Kennedy relies on published accounts and primary sources, all…

Book:The Cousins' Wars

The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America

Kevin Phillips

At the start of the new millennium, Americans look out on the world triumphant in our political and religious freedom, the power of our armed services, the wealth of our businesses, and the dominance of our language and ideals. It is no exaggeration to say that for the past two centuries Anglo- America has dominated world politics and transformed global culture.

In his revealing new book, The Cousin’s Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America, author Kevin Phillips explores and identifies the powerful relationship between religion, politics, and warfare that turned a small Tudor kingdom into a hegemonic global community. Sure to spark a widespread debate on our nation’s place in world history, Phillips asserts that the English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War forged religious, political, and cultural alignments critical to the emergence of imperial Britain and the “American Century.” …[more]

Book:Into the American Woods

Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier

James H. Merrell

An award-winning historian’s beautifully written reconstruction of how Europeans lived in peace and war with Indians on the early American frontier. We know them from Conrad, Greene, and Le Carre, as spies, diplomats, renegades, and traders. They’ve been with us since the mythic past, when Hermes carried messages from the gods to the Greeks, and when Deganawidah with his disciple Hiawatha built the Great League of Peace among the Iroquois. They are the go-betweens, the shadowy figures who move between us and them, linking different worlds. On the Pennsylvania frontier they were Germans and Irish, Delawares and Iroquois, with names like Weiser, Croghan, Shickellamy, and Osternados. These were the “wood’s men,” at home in the woods, knowledgeable in the ways of the other, able to negotiate the thickets of cultural misunderstanding and mistrust. From the Quaker colony’s founding in the early 1680s into the mid-1750s, they did the hard, dirty work that helped maintain the fragile “long peace” between Indians and colonists. But skilled as they were they could not prevent the colony’s sickening plummet from peace to war after 1750. The harsh lesson of the woods was the final incompatibility of colonial and native dreams about the continent they shared.

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