American History Book Lists

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe New Jim Crow by Michelle AlexanderThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Books White People Need To Read
436 books — 504 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
369 books — 351 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
164 books — 225 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
137 books — 94 voters

John Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinThe Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
US History Reading List
65 books — 36 voters

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair1776 by David McCulloughBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnUndaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
AP US History Reading List
42 books — 21 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
John Adams by David McCulloughGhost on the Throne by James RommA Distant Mirror by Barbara W. TuchmanFounding Brothers by Joseph J. EllisDying Every Day by James Romm
History Books I Enjoy
104 books — 13 voters

Witch Child by Celia ReesNew England Witch Chronicles by Chelsea Luna BellingeriConjured by Chelsea Luna BellingeriAll Hallows Eve by Chelsea Luna BellingeriWicked Betrayal by Chelsea Luna Bellingeri
YA & Middle Grade: Salem Witch Trials
62 books — 13 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 FonerReconstruction by Eric Foner
The Bancroft Prize
67 books — 11 voters

Mayflower by Nathaniel PhilbrickJohn Adams by David McCulloughA Voyage Long and Strange by Tony HorwitzA Kingdom Strange by James HornThe Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
Colonial North America
33 books — 11 voters
The Poison Diaries by Maryrose WoodThe Musician's Daughter by Susanne DunlapNightshade by Maryrose WoodThe Académie by Susanne DunlapPalace of Spies by Sarah Zettel
YA set in the 1700s
67 books — 10 voters

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls WilderLittle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls WilderCaddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie BrinkLittle Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls WilderOn the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Children's Frontier Fiction
109 books — 10 voters
The Island at the Center of the World by Russell ShortoAlbion's Seed  by David Hackett FischerWritten in Bone by Sally M. WalkerMayflower by Nathaniel PhilbrickFreedom Just Around the Corner by Walter A. McDougall
Nonfiction about Early America
35 books — 8 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 McCulloughParis 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
Hail to the Chief
22 books — 6 voters

A Government of Our Own by William C. DavisThe Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann WoodwardThe New Mind of the South by Tracy ThompsonTom Watson by C. Vann WoodwardAnte Bellum Kentucky by Francis Garvin Davenport
Southern History
43 books — 3 voters

Stoddert's War by Michael A. PalmerThe French Assault on American Shipping, 1793-1813 by Greg H. WilliamsSix Frigates by Ian W. TollOur Naval War with France by Gardner W. AllenMillions for Defense by Frederick C. Leiner
Quasi-War With France
6 books — 2 voters
Abraham Lincoln by Ingri d'AulaireLooking at Lincoln by Maira KalmanYoung Abe Lincoln by Cheryl HarnessAbe Lincoln Goes to Washington 1837 - 1863 by Cheryl HarnessI am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer
Picture Books on Abraham Lincoln
18 books — 2 voters


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