Reading List

Title Author Publisher Year Published Tags
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 Daniel Walker Howe Oxford University Press 2007 Early American History
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed Eric H. Cline Princeton University Press 2015 Ancient History
1775: A Good Year for Revolution Kevin Phillips Penguin Books 2012 War for Independence
1861: The Civil War Awakening Adam Goodheart Vintage 2011 Civil War
428 AD: An Ordinary Year at the End of the Roman Empire Giusto Traina Princeton University Press 2011 Roman Empire
A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America James Horn Basic Books 2008 Jamestown
A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence Ray Raphael The New Press 2012 American Revolution, Common People, War for Independence
A People's History of the United States Howard Zinn Harper Perennial 2010 U.S. Constitution, Government, American History, Tyranny
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium Chris Harman Verso 2008 World History
A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 Anne Sarah Rubin The University of North Carolina Press 2005 Civil War, Confederate Nationalism, Confederate State
A.D. 381: Heretics, Pagans, and the Dawn of the Monotheistic State Charles Freeman The Overlook Press 2010 Roman Empire, Christian History
After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War Gregory P. Downs Harvard University Press 2015 Civil War, Reconstruction
After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000 John Darwin Bloomsbury Press 2010 Empire Building, Empires, Global Economic Powers
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America David Hackett Fischer Oxford University Press, USA 1989 American Cultures, British Folkways
America's Hidden History Kenneth C. Davis HarperCollins 2009
America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation Kenneth C. Davis HarperCollins 2009 American History, Hidden History
American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths Thomas S. Kidd Yale University Press 2016 Colonial History, Religion and Conflict
American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World David E. Stannard Oxford University Press 1993 Native Americans, Genocide
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Colin Woodard Penguin Books 2011 Borderlanders, Deep South, Puritans, Regional Cultures
American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 Alan Taylor W. W. Norton & Company 2016 War for Independence
American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence Pauline Maier Vintage 2012 Declaration of Independence, Common Sense, Second Continental Congress
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson Joseph J. Ellis Vintage 1998 Thomas Jefferson
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Beacon Press 2014 Genocide, Displacement, Settlement
An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America Michael Witgen University of Pennsylvania Press 2011 Indigenous Peoples
Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War Charles B. Dew University of Virginia Press 2002 Secession Commissioners, White Supremacy
Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father Michael Signer PublicAffairs 2015 James Madison
Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War David Williams The New Press 2010 Myth of a United Confederacy, Draft Resisters, Southern Unionists, Fugitive Slaves, Anti-Confederates
Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It Larrie D. Ferreiro Knopf 2016 War for Independence, Spain, France
Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution Nathaniel Philbrick Penguin Books 2013 Battle of Bunker Hill, Siege of Boston
Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson: A Study in Character Roger G. Kennedy Oxford University Press 2000 Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Duel
Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism Derek Hastings Oxford University Press 2009 Catholicism, Nazism, National Socialism, Beerhall Putsch
Champlain's Dream David Hackett Fischer Simon & Schuste 2008 Samuel de Champlain, Canada
Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War Bruce Levine Oxford University Press 2005 Emancipation of Slaves, Patrick Cleburne, Confederacy, Civil War
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South Stephanie McCurry Harvard University Press 2012 Civil War, Confederacy
Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right Ray Raphael The New Press 2013 Bad History, Cultural Myths, U.S. Constitution
Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 Fred Anderson Vintage 2007 Seven Years' War, Empires
Daisy Turner's Kin: An African American Family Saga Jane C. Beck University of Illinois Press 2015 Family History, Slavery, African-Americans
Dark and Bloody Ground: The American Revolution Along the Southern Frontier Richard D. Blackmon Westholme Publishing 2012 War for Independence, Cherokee, Shawnee, Southern Frontier
Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America Garrett Epps Henry Holt and Company 2013 14th Amendment, U.S. Constitution, Civil Rights
Dunmore's New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America James Corbett David University of Virginia Press 2013 Lord Dunmore, Colonial Virginia, Dunmore’s War
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 Gordon S. Wood Oxford University Press 2009 American Republic, War of 1812
Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson Joshua D. Rothman University of Georgia Press 2012 Southern Expansionism, Southern Frontier
For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War James M. McPherson Oxford University Press 1997 Civil War
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Joseph J. Ellis Vintage 2003 U.S. Constitution, Making the Constitution
Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past Ray Raphael The New Press 2014 Cultural Myths, Bad History
Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South, 1865-1913 Gaines M. Foster Oxford University Press 1987 Civil War, Reconstruction
God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution Thomas S. Kidd Basic Books 2010 American Revolution, Religion, War for Independence
Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775 Derek W. Beck Sourcebooks 2015 War for Independence
In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 Mary Beth Norton Vintage 2007 Salem Witch Trials, Witchcraft in New England
Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution Kathleen DuVal Random House 2015 Revolutionary Era, Marginalized Voices
Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution Thomas P. Slaughter Hill and Wang 2014 War for Independence, American Revolution
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab Steve Inskeep Penguin Books 2015 Andrew Jackson, John Ross, Cherokee
Jefferson's America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation Julie M. Fenster Random House LLC 2016 Thomas Jefferson, Louisiana Purchase, Exploration, Mapping the Frontier
Knights of the Golden Circle: Secret Empire, Southern Secession, Civil War David C. Keehn LSU Press 2013 Knights of the Golden Circle, Order of the Lone Star, Militarization, Secession, Southern Expansionism
Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States Michael Lind Harper 2012 Economics
Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong James W. Loewen Touchstone 2007 Bad History
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (Rev. Edition) James W. Loewen New Press 2008 Distorted History, Education, Lies, White Supremacy, Culture War
Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union Daniel W. Crofts The University of North Carolina Press 2016 Slavery, Emancipation
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America Garry Wills Simon & Schuster 2012 Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln
Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present John McKee Barr LSU Press 2014 Abraham Lincoln, Hate
Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment Burt Neuborne The New Press 2015 Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution, First Amendment
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War Tony Horwitz Henry Holt and Company 2011 John Brown, Harpers Ferry, Civil War
Natchez Country: Indians, Colonists, and the Landscapes of Race in French Louisiana George Edward Milne University of Georgia Press 2015 Lower Mississippi Valley, Natchez
Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic Matthew Stewart W.W. Norton & Company 2014 Nature's God
New World Faiths: Religion in Colonial America Jon Butler Oxford University Press 2007 Colonial Religion
No God But Gain: The Untold Story of Cuban Slavery, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Making of the United States Stephen Chambers Verso 2015 Slavery, Illegal Slavery
Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis Michael Todd Landis Cornell University Press 2014 Northern Democrats, Civil War, Slave Power
One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History Peter Manseau Little, Brown and Company 2015 Religion in America, Christian America
Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance Between The Vatican, The CIA, and The Mafia Paul L. Williams Prometheus Books 2015 CIA, Mafia, Vatican, Fight against Communism
Paul Revere's Ride David Hackett Fischer Oxford University Press 1995 Paul Revere, Minuemen, Colonial Militias, Concord, Lexington
Peaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn's Holy Experiment Kevin Kenny Oxford University Press 2008 Peaceable Kingdom, Pennsylvania, Paxton Boys, Conestoga Indians
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 Pauline Maier Simon & Schuster 2011 Constitutional Convention, Ratification
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 Eric Foner Harper 2011 Reconstruction, Slavery, Jim Crow
Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation Alfred F. Young, Ray Raphael, Gary Nash (Editors) Vintage 2011 Radical Thinkers, Revolutionary Ideals, Founding Fathers, Liberty
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 Nathaniel Philbrick Penguin Books 2004 U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842
Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification David Waldstreicher Hill and Wang 2010 Slavery, U.S. Constitution
Taming Democracy: "The People," the Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution Terry Bouton Oxford University Press, USA 2007 American Revolution, U.S. Constitution, Democracy, Pennsylvania, War for Independence
Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History James W. Loewen Teachers College Press 2009 Cultural Myths, Bad History
The American Revolution of 1800: How Jefferson Rescued Democracy from Tyranny and Faction Dan Sisson with Thom Hartmann Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2014 Nature of Revolution, Stewardship of Power, Liberty, Danger of Factions, Tyranny
The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America Bernard Bailyn Vintage 2012 Settlement, MIgration, Colonization
The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War Don H. Doyle Basic Books 2014 International Affairs, Civil War
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis Mark A. Noll The University of North Carolina Press 2006 Civil War, Religion
The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies Alan Taylor Vintage 2010 War of 1812, Invasion of Canada, Loyalists, Patriots
The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution Robert G. Parkinson The University of North Carolina Press 2016 Race, Colonial Prejudices, Stereotypes, Popular Rights
The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause" James W. Loewen University Press of Mississippi 2010 Neo-Confederates, Slavery, Source Documents, State's Rights, The Lost Cause
The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America Gerald Horne NYU Press 2014 War for Independence
The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina Manisha Sinha The University of North Carolina Press 2003 South Carolina, Southern Separatism, White Liberty, Nullification, Secession, African Slave Trade, Civil War
The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics, Civil Warfare, And The Triumph Of Anglo-America Kevin Phillips Basic Books 2008 Anglo-America, English Civil War, American Revolution, Civil War
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 Gordon S. Wood The University of North Carolina Press 2011 Revolutionary Era, Making the Constitution
The Debate on the Constitution Part One: Federalist and Antifederalists Speeches, Articles, & Letters During the Struggle over Ratification, September 1787 to February 1788 Bernard Bailyn The Library of America 2012 U.S. Constitution, Federalists, Ratification, Antifederalists
The Debate on the Constitution Part Two: Federalist and Antifederalists Speeches, Articles, & Letters During the Struggle over Ratification, January to August 1788 Bernard Bailyn The Library of America 2012 Antifederalists, U.S. Constitution, Federalists, Ratification
The Divided Dominion: Social Conflict and Indian Hatred in Early Virginia Ethan A. Schmidt University Press of Colorad 2015 Bacon's Rebellion, Colonial Virginia, Indian Policy
The Failure of the Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Marshall, and the Rise of Presidential Democracy Bruce Ackerman Belknap Press 2007 Political Parties, Two Party System, Republicans, Federalists, Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, Electoral College
The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Bruce Levine Random House 2013 Civil War, Second American Revolution
The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord Ray Raphael The New Press 2011 Grassroots Activism, Revolution, War for Independence
The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government Fergus M. Bordewich Simon & Schuster 2016 U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Convention, Making the Constitution
The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America Scott Weidensaul Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012 Frontier
The Founding Fathers and the Debate over Religion in Revolutionary America: A History in Documents Matthew Harris, Thomas Kidd (Editors) Oxford University Press 2011 Founding Fathers, Christian Nation
The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution Michael J. Klarman Oxford University Press 2016 U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Convention, Making the Constitution
The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition: Mississippi's Longest Civil War Victoria E. Bynum The University of North Carolina Press 2016 Free State of Jones, Civil War, Jones County MS, Dissenters