The Society of the Cincinnati Prize recognizes the author of an outstanding book that advances understanding of the American Revolution and its legacy. Established in 1989 as a triennial award, the prize is now presented annually. Honorees have included leading historians as well as rising scholars in the field. The prize was created with a generous endowment gift from the family of Dr. H. Bartholomew Cox.

For more information about the Society of the Cincinnati Prize, contact library@societyofthecincinnati.org.

2021 Society of the Cincinnati Prize Winner

The 2021 Society of the Cincinnati Prize honors T. Cole Jones for his book Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), an original and groundbreaking examination of how the founding generation of Americans grappled with the problems of prisoner treatment during the War for Independence.

Dr. Jones, an associate professor of history at Purdue University, received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2014, and subsequently held post-doctoral fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society and the New-York Historical Society. He conducted significant research for his book in our library as the recipient of the Society of the Cincinnati Scholars’ Grant in 2010.

Past Honorees

2020

John Buchanan, The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019)

2018

Eric Hinderaker, Boston’s Massacre (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017)

2013

Benjamin L. Carp, Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)

2010

Matthew H. Spring, With Zeal and With Bayonets Only: The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)

2007

Alan Taylor, The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)

2004

Elizabeth Fenn, Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-1782 (New York: Hill and Wang, 2001)

2001

Saul Cornell, The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

1998

Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (New York: Knopf, 1996)

1995

Stanley M. Elkins and Eric L. McKitrick, The Age of Federalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993)

1992

Peter D. G. Thomas, Tea Party to Independence: The Third Phase of the American Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991)

1989

Bernard Bailyn, Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution (New York: Knopf, 1986)