Since 1975, the Society of the Cincinnati has sponsored the annual George Rogers Clark Lecture, which recognizes the scholarship of leading historians of the American Revolution. Some of the Clark Lecturers—most notably Edmund S. Morgan, whose The Genius of George Washington is a classic of Washington scholarship—have presented lectures that stand alone as important works of scholarship. Others, including David McCullough, have offered a very personal perspective on one of their major published works. Gordon S. Wood and others have distilled a generation of classroom teaching and scholarship into a synthesis illuminating the major significance of the American Revolution. Still others, including David Hackett Fischer, have offered a glimpse of the historian's craft by presenting a lecture based on their ongoing research.
1975Samuel Eliot Morison
The Conservative American Revolution
1976J. H. Plumb
New Light on the Tyrant George III
1977Edmund S. Morgan
The Genius of George Washington
Reflections on the Nature of Leadership
1982John W. Shy
Understanding General Washington
1984Russell F. Weigley
Generals Building an Army: American Military Command in the War of Independence
1985John R. Galvin
Parker at Lexington: Role of Perspective and Context
1986Allan R. Millett
Whatever Became of the Militia in the History of the American Revolution?
1987Hobart G. Cawood
Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Constitution
1988George Athan Billias
Elbridge Gerry: Defender of Republican Faith
1989Charles McC. Mathias
Exalted Rights and Liberties
1990William James Morgan
Out of a Little, A Great Deal Will Grow: The American War at Sea
1991Minor Myers, Jr.
Another L'Enfant Creation, the Cincinnati Eagle
1992Robert K. Wright, Jr.
A New Look at the Southern Campaigns: A Contingency Operation?
1993John M. Murrin
War, Revolution and Nation-Making: The American Revolution versus the Civil War
1994Dave R. Palmer
From Revolution to Republic: America, Its Army and the Birth of a Nation
The Hinge of the Revolution: July 3
1996William M. Fowler, Jr.
Silas Talbot: An American Hero
Washington The Unifier
1998Timothy H. Breen
Mobilizing Colonial Consumers for Independence
1999John K. Alexander
"Remember the Ladies"—Women in the American Revolution
2000Richard Norton Smith
Untrodden Ground: Washington Invents the Presidency
2001Richard Buel, Jr.
The Critical Role of Corn, Cows, and Cuba in the Revolutionary War
2002Ira D. Gruber
From Caesar to Vauban: Books, the British Army Officer, and the Conduct of War in the Age of the American Revolution
2003Gordon S. Wood
The American Revolutionary Tradition and the World
A Visit to Valley Forge
Why Britain Lost the American Revolution
Hamilton, Washington, and the Birth of the American Republic
Houdon's Washington: An Artist between Revolutions
2009Joanne B. Freeman
Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic
2010David Hackett Fischer
George Washington and the Extraordinary Allen McLane
The People Debate the Constitution
The American Revolution in the South: A Story Seldom Told