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.

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The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light
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Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History
The Pink Bonnet: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime
Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon
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Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness
They Called Us Enemy
My Friend Anna
Along the Broken Bay
The Man Who Knew The Way to the Moon
Filthy Rich
Park Avenue Summer
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
Carnegie's Maid
The Saturday Evening Girls Club
The Last Year of the War
Siege: Trump Under Fire
Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations
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Mercer Girls
Unfreedom of the Press
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John Adams
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John Stuart Mill
Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.
John Stuart Mill, Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of St Andrews, 2/1/1867

Eric Jay Dolin
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Eric Jay Dolin, Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

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