Pulitzer Histories

Each year, Pulitzers are awarded to authors of exceptional books about American history, and to American authors of nonfiction and biography books. This collection compiles articles by and interviews with recent winners, as well as excerpts and reviews of their books.
Painting of ships in Boston Harbor.

Pressured to Leave

Black refugees’ journey from Virginia to Boston after the Civil War.
Excerpt of "No Right to an Honest Living: The Struggles of Boston’s Black Workers in the Civil War Era" by Jacqueline Jones, winner of the 2024 Pulitzer in History.
A herd of bison.

A Panoramic View of the West

A sweeping new history examines many untold stories of the American West in the late nineteenth century.
Review of "Continental Reckoning: The American West in the Age of Expansion," by Elliott West, finalist for the 2024 Pulitzer in History.
KKK march overlaid on J. Edgar Hoover

How Hoover Took Down the Klan

The FBI’s successful campaign against white supremacists is also a cautionary tale.
An excerpt of "G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century," by Beverly Gage, winner of the 2023 Pulitzer in Biography.
J. Edgar Hoover collage.

J. Edgar Hoover’s Long Shadow

The FBI’s first director built the agency around some of his own worst instincts.
A review of "G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century," by Beverly Gage, winner of the 2023 Pulitzer in Biography.
A collage of dance performances.

Dance, Revolution

George Balanchine and Martha Graham Trade Places.
A review of "Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century," by Jennifer Homans, finalist for the 2023 Pulitzer in Biography.
Collage of a photograph of a boy over a photo of Castro and his entourage.

My Brother’s Keeper

Early in the Cuban Revolution, my mother made a consequential decision.
Personal narrative by Ada Ferrer, winner of 2022 Pulitzer in History for for "Cuba: An American History."
Painted photo of Northwest Territory

A Confusion of Language

On the legal foundations that spurred centuries of civil rights movements.
Excerpt of "Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction" by Kate Masur, finalist for 2022 Pulitzer in History.
Woman holding a poster that says "ABORTION". AP Images

The Roe Baby

After decades of keeping her identity a secret, Jane Roe’s child has chosen to talk about her life.
Excerpt of "The Family Roe: An American Story" by Joshua Prager, finalist for 2022 Pulitzer in General Nonfiction.
A hand holding a stethoscope and knife.

The Blackwell Sisters and the Harrowing History of Modern Medicine

A new biography of the pioneering doctors shows why “first” can be a tricky designation.
Review of "The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine" by Janice P. Nimura, finalist for 2022 Pulitzer in Biography.

By Bullet or Ballot: One of the Only Successful Coups in American History

David Zucchino on the white supremacist plot to take over Wilmington, North Carolina.
Excerpt of "Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy" by David Zucchino, winner of 2021 Pulitzer in General Nonfiction.
Painting of cavalry with swords drawn heading into U.S.-Mexico War battle.

American Extremism Has Always Flowed from the Border

Donald Trump says there is “a crisis of the soul” at the border. He is right, though not in the way he thinks.
Article by Greg Grandin, winner of 2020 Pulitzer in General Nonfiction for "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America."