American History, M.A. Reading List (Before Fall 2012)

Grad students in all of the American History tracks (thesis, non-thesis, Cherokee Studies, Public History) are expected to be familiar with these books. For those with a weaker background in American history, a good book to consult is Eric Foner, ed., The New American History (Philadelphia, 1990). This book covers both the history and historiography in a brief, readable manner. It is, however, a tad dated. Watch for possible new editions.

1. David Hackett Fischer, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America

2. Gary Nash, Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early America

3. Jack P. Greene, Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture

4. Alfred Crosby, The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492

5. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard

6. James Axtell, The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America

7. Allan Gallay, The Indian Slave Trade

8. Edmund Morgan, American Freedom, American Slavery

9. Linda Kerber, Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America

10. Michael Kammen, A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture

11. Rhys Isaac, Transformation of Virginia

12. Sean Wilentz, Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class

13. Gordon Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution

14. Jonathan Butler, Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People

15. Thomas Dublin, Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1850

16. Charles Sellers, The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846

17. Ira Berlin, Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South

18. Eugene Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

19. Albert Raboteau, Slave Religion: The ‘Invisible Institution’ in the Antebellum South

20. Drew Gilpin Faust, Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War

21. Christine Stansell, City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860

22. Barbara Fields, Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland During the Nineteenth Century

23. Jacqueline Jones, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family From Slavery to the Present

24. James McPherson, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution

25. James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

26. Dan Carter, When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867

27. Eric Foner, A Short History of Reconstruction

28. Edward Ayers, The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction

29. Glenda Gilmore, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920

30. Paul Boyer, Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820-1920

31. David Montgomery, The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925

32. Nell Irvin Painter, Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919

33. Robert Wiebe, The Search for Order, 1877-1920

34. C. Vann Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow

35. Alan Brinkley, The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recesison and War

36. Karen Anderson, Wartime Wome: Sex Roles, Family Relations, and the Status of Women During WWII

37. John Morton Blum, V was for Victory: Politics and American Culture During WWII

38. Gary Gerstle, Working Class Americanism

39. Steven Hahn, The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformationof the Georgia Upcountryk 1850-1890

40. Anthony Badger, The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940

41. Jacqueline Hall, et al, Like A Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World

42. Frederick Siegel, Troubled Journey: From Pearl Harbor to Ronald Reagan

43. Clayborne Carson, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening

44. John D’Emilio, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States

45. Kenneth Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of America

46. Alice Echols, Daring to be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975

47. Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

48. George C. Herring, America’s Longest War

49. Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right

50. Ted Steinberg, Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History


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