American History

A study of the history of America.

The date of the start of the history of the United States is a subject of debate among historians. Older textbooks start with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 and emphasize the European background, or they start around 1600 and emphasize the American frontier. In recent decades American schools and universities typically have shifted back in time to include more on the colonial period and much more on the prehistory of the Native peoples.

Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House
Hamilton: The Revolution
The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian
We Love You, Charlie Freeman
First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure & Betrayal
The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats
Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams
An Honorable Man
Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism--From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond
"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History
Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse
Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House
At the Edge of the Orchard
Hamilton: The Revolution
13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East
Our Own Country
The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
I Shall Be Near to You
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
All the Stars in the Heavens
Roots by Alex HaleyKindred by Octavia E. ButlerUncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher StoweIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet JacobsThe Color Purple by Alice Walker
Books about American slavery
225 books — 267 voters

1984 by George OrwellGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondThe Ecological Rift by John Bellamy FosterThis Changes Everything by Naomi KleinLies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
The Best Social Studies Library List
144 books — 128 voters
John Adams by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinWashington by Ron ChernowTruman by David McCulloughThe Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Best Presidential Biographies
183 books — 297 voters

1776
John Adams
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
A People's History of the United States
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Alexander Hamilton
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
His Excellency: George Washington
Truman


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