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.

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
The Social Graces
Buses Are a Comin': Memoir of a Freedom Rider
Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier
Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty
Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike
Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America
Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power
The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America
Paper Trails: The Us Post and the Making of the American West
No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice
Sunflower Sisters (Lilac Girls, #3)
Wild Women and the Blues
The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
West with Giraffes
A Splendid Ruin
Sunflower Sisters (Lilac Girls, #3)
Yellow Wife
Surviving Savannah
The Social Graces
The Orphan Collector
The Hellfire Club
This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism
The Children's Blizzard
Carnegie's Maid
On Juneteenth
The Girls of Pearl Harbor
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  SmithBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories by Truman CapoteExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Tales of New York City
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The Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienMatterhorn by Karl MarlantesDispatches by Michael HerrBoot by Charles L. TempletonThe Quiet American by Graham Greene
Best Literature About the Vietnam War
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Please Kill Me by Legs McNeilJust Kids by Patti SmithChronicles by Bob DylanLife by Keith RichardsLove Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
Best Non Fiction About Music
1,210 books — 1,284 voters

John Adams
Alexander Hamilton
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
A People's History of the United States
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
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
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
Washington: A Life
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Battle Cry of Freedom

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