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.

The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II
All In: An Autobiography
Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution
The Ambassador: Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James's 1938-1940
Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion
The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World
Here, Right Matters: An American Story
All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler
The Second Life of Mirielle West
The Women's March: A Novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession
Radar Girls
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness
Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation
Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination
Carnegie's Maid
Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America
Radar Girls
Surviving Savannah
The Social Graces
Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
Simon the Fiddler
Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II
The Children's Blizzard
On Juneteenth
The Girls of Pearl Harbor
The Second Life of Mirielle West
The Saturday Evening Girls Club
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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
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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
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