Native American History

The history of Native Americans in the United States began in the Pre-Columbian era with the settlement of the Americas by the Paleo-Indians. Anthropologists have identified and studied a wide variety of cultures that existed during this era. Their subsequent contact with Europeans had a profound impact on their history.

Cherokee America
The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West
Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston's Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary
Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill
Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America
An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873
The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War
The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving
Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
The Comanche Empire
Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650 - 1815
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West
The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: The Story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI's War on the American Indian Movement
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History, #3)
Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownBlack Elk Speaks by Black ElkEmpire of the Summer Moon by S.C. GwynneWhere White Men Fear to Tread by Russell MeansLakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog
Native American Biography (nonfiction)
353 books — 103 voters
Love and Hate in Jamestown by David A. PriceJamestown, the Buried Truth by William M. KelsoA Land as God Made It by James HornMartin's Hundred by Ivor Noël HumeSea Venture by Kieran Doherty
Books about Early Jamestown, Virginia
33 books — 14 voters

Mayflower by Nathaniel PhilbrickA Voyage Long and Strange by Tony HorwitzJohn Adams by David McCulloughAmerican Colonies by Alan TaylorAlbion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer
Colonial North America (nonfiction)
101 books — 43 voters
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel WilkersonBecoming by Michelle ObamaUgly Prey by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, PhDThe Devil in the White City by Erik LarsonSin in the Second City by Karen Abbott
Chicago History (nonfiction)
208 books — 11 voters

The Island at the Center of the World by Russell ShortoThe Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund MorrisA Shopkeeper's Millennium by Paul E. JohnsonThe Burned-Over District by Whitney R. CrossNorth Star Country by Milton C. Sernett
New York State History (nonfiction)
178 books — 25 voters
John Adams by David McCulloughThe Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinThe Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Best History Books
2,898 books — 3,189 voters


Some of us came to the cities to escape the reservation. We stayed after fighting in the Second World War. After Vietnam, too. We stayed because the city sounds like a war, and you can't leave a war once you've been you can only keep it at bay--which is easier when you can see and hear it near you, that fast metal, that constant firing around you, cars up and down the streets and freeways like bullets.
Tommy Orange, There There

Minnie Spotted Wolf from Butte, Montana, was the first Native American to enlist in the Marine Corps Womens' Reserve. Spotted Wolf joined in 1943. She commented that Marine Corps boot camp was "hard, but not that hard.
Tom Holm

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