American History Book Lists

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe New Jim Crow by Michelle AlexanderThe Bluest Eye by Toni MorrisonThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Books White People Need To Read
346 books — 390 voters
The Color Purple by Alice WalkerI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouBeloved by Toni MorrisonInvisible Man by Ralph EllisonThe Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Black History Month
300 books — 330 voters

John Adams by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinTruman by David McCulloughWashington by Ron ChernowThe Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Best Presidential Biographies
157 books — 190 voters
1984 by George OrwellGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondLies My Teacher Told Me by James W. LoewenA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
The Best Social Studies Library List
128 books — 84 voters

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinJohn Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPhersonThe Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward
US History Reading List
60 books — 29 voters

Mary Chesnut's Civil War by Mary Boykin ChesnutBushwhackers and Broken Hearts by P.J. SullivanSarah Morgan by Sarah Morgan DawsonAll for the Union by Elisha Hunt RhodesMary Chesnut by Mary Boykin Chesnut
Civil War Letters and Diaries
95 books — 17 voters

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownThe Jungle by Upton Sinclair1776 by David McCulloughUndaunted Courage by Stephen E. AmbroseUncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
AP US History Reading List
39 books — 17 voters

Dreams from My Father by Barack ObamaRenegade by Richard WolffeShowdown by David CornThe Audacity of Hope by Barack ObamaDreams from My Father by Barack Obama
President Obama
30 books — 14 voters
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard BailynMany Thousands Gone by Ira BerlinW.E.B. Du Bois by David Levering LewisThe Fiery Trial by Eric FonerCourage to Dissent by Tomiko Brown-Nagin
The Bancroft Prize
66 books — 11 voters

Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPhersonLee's Lieutenants by Douglas Southall FreemanDestruction and Reconstruction by Richard TaylorLandscape Turned Red by Stephen W. SearsThe Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
U.S. Civil War
38 books — 11 voters
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher StoweTwelve Years a Slave by Solomon NorthupThe Federalist Papers by Alexander HamiltonThe Constitution of the United States of America by James MadisonUnited States Bill of Rights by United States
Primary Sources in American History
120 books — 11 voters

Truman by David McCulloughHarry Truman's Excellent Adventure by Matthew AlgeoPlain Speaking by Merle MillerGive 'em Hell, Harry by Samuel Gallu
Harry S Truman
4 books — 7 voters

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinTruman by David McCulloughWashington by Ron ChernowJohn Adams by David McCulloughEleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash
Hail to the Chief
23 books — 6 voters

John Adams by David McCulloughThis Republic by Will ButtsAdams-Jefferson Letters by Lester J. CapponThe Portable John Adams by John AdamsThoughts On Government Applicable To The Present State Of The... by John Adams
John Adams
11 books — 2 voters
Blockaders, Refugees, and Contrabands by George E. BukerLincoln's Loyalists by Richard Nelson CurrentConfederate Reckoning by Stephanie McCurryRebel Watchdog by Kenneth RadleyRiver Run Red by Andrew Ward
Rebelling Against The Rebellion
9 books — 2 voters


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