The winners are Sara Dubow, Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010); Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010); and Christopher Tomlins, Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). The winning works, while disparate in subject matter, demonstrate the powerful impact intensive research has when wound with eloquent interpretation and fluent prose.
One of the most prestigious awards in its field, the Bancroft Prize is awarded annually by the trustees of Columbia University. Winners are judged in terms of the scope, significance, depth of research, and richness of interpretation they present in the areas of American History and Diplomacy. Over 230 books published in 2010 were read and considered for the 2011 prize.