US History: The American past in 100 Books


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The US History: The American past in 100 Books is a thorough list covering nearly all of the American experience. The list begins with several general histories (the first book is an excellent US history textbook) before chronologically passing through every period of American history from start to finish, then ending on the history of US foreign relations, race, women, and gender. Many of the big names of the past are included, such as Frederick Jackson Turner, Francis Parkman, Perry Miller, C. Vann Woodward, and Charles Beard; as well as many of the more recent luminaries, such as Eric Foner, William Appleman Williams, Richard Hofstadter, Edmund S. Morgan, Bernard Bailyn, Walter LaFeber, James M. McPherson, William Cronon, Gordon S. Wood, and Gabriel Kolko.

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1. Give Me Liberty!: An American History

By Eric Foner

The leading text, in a compact, value edition. Clear, concise, integrated, and up-to-date, Give Me Liberty! is a proven success with teachers and students. Eric Foner pulls the pieces of the past together into a cohesive picture, using the theme of freedom throughout. The Fourth Edition features stronger ... More »

Give Me Liberty!: An American History
A People's History of the United States

2. A People's History of the United States

By Howard Zinn | Used Price: 70% Off

“It’s a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” —Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and The Immigrants“[It] should be required reading.” —Eric Foner, New York Times ... More »

3. The Contours of American History

By William Appleman Williams | 70% Off

William Appleman Williams was one of America’s greatest critics of US imperialism. The Contours of American History, first published in 1961, reached back to seventeenth-century British history to argue that the relationship between liberalism and empire was in effect a grand compromise, with expansion abroad containing class and ... More »

The Contours of American History
The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it

4. The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made it

By Richard Hofstadter | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The American Political Tradition is a 1948 book by Richard Hofstadter, an account on the ideology of previous U.S. presidents and other political figures. The full title is The American Political Tradition and the ... More »

5. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

By Ronald Takaki | Under $1.00

Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation's past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounted the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States--Native ... More »

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
Errand into the Wilderness

6. Errand into the Wilderness

By Perry Miller | Used Price: 80% Off

The title of this book by Perry Miller, who is world-famous as an interpreter of the American past, comes close to posing the question it has been Mr. Miller's lifelong purpose to answer: What was the underlying aim of the first colonists in coming to America? In ... More »

7. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750

By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich | Price: $0.01

This enthralling work of scholarship strips away those abstractions to reveal the hidden -- and not always stoic -- face of the "goodwives" of colonial America. In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens -- and the considerable power -- of a New England housewife's domestic life and ... More »

Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750
American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1

8. American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1

By Alan Taylor | Used Price: 70% Off

With this volume, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America. Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the ... More »

9. Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900

By Alfred W. Crosby | Used Price: 70% Off

People of European descent form the bulk of the population in most of the temperate zones of the world--North America, Australia and New Zealand. The military successes of European imperialism are easy to explain because in many cases they were achieved by using firearms against spears. Alfred Crosby, ... More »

Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900
American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World

10. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World

By David E. Stannard | Used Price: 50% Off

For four hundred years-from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the U.S. Army's massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s-the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. During that time the ... More »

11. Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830

By John H. Elliott | Used Price: 70% Off

This epic history compares the empires built by Spain and Britain in the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival in the New World to the end of Spanish colonial rule in the early nineteenth century. J. H. Elliott, one of the most distinguished and versatile historians working today, offers us ... More »

Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830
First Peoples, First Contacts: Native Peoples of North America

12. First Peoples, First Contacts: Native Peoples of North America

By J.C.H. King | Under $1.00

From the Big-Game Hunters who appeared on the continent as far back as 12,000 years ago to the Inuits plying the Alaskan waters today, the Native peoples of North America produced a culture remarkable for its vibrancy, breadth, and diversity--and for its survival in the face of ... More »

13. The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest

By Francis Jennings | Used Price: 90% Off

Studies the cultural devastation of Atlantic coastal Indian tribes by European civilization, particularly New England Puritans, and the creation of an ideology to justify the cruelty. More »

The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest
American Slavery: 1619-1877

14. American Slavery: 1619-1877

By Peter Kolchin | Used Price: 70% Off

The single best short survey in America, now updated.Includes a New Preface and AfterwardIn terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin's American Slavery is a singularly important achievement. Now updated to address a decade of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface, afterword, and revised ... More »

15. Slavery and the Making of America

By James Oliver Horton; Lois E. Horton

The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slaves themselves. Readers will discover ... More »

Slavery and the Making of America
American Slavery, American Freedom

16. American Slavery, American Freedom

By Edmund S. Morgan | Used Price: 80% Off

"Thoughtful, suggestive and highly readable."—New York Times Book Review In the American Revolution, Virginians were the most eloquent spokesmen for freedom and quality. George Washington led the Americans in battle against British oppression. Thomas Jefferson led them in declaring independence. Virginians drafted not only the Declaration but also ... More »

17. The American Revolution

By Edward Countryman | Under $1.00

A newly revised version of a classic in American historyWhen The American Revolution was first published in 1985, it was praised as the first synthesis of the Revolutionary War to use the new social history. Edward Countryman offered a balanced view of how the Revolution was made by ... More »

The American Revolution
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

18. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

By Bernard Bailyn | Used Price: 80% Off

To the original text of what has become a classic of American historical literature, Bernard Bailyn adds a substantial essay, "Fulfillment," as a Postscript. Here he discusses the intense, nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, stressing the continuities between that struggle over the foundations of the ... More »

19. The American Revolution: Explorations in the History of American Radicalism

By Alfred F. Young | Used Price: 90% Off

The eleven original essays presented here serve to enlarge the canvas upon which American history is to be portrayed so that it will allow—or more deliberately, give more prominence to—those groups at the bottom of colonial society to gain more equitable visibility. The effect is a striking view ... More »

The American Revolution: Explorations in the History of American Radicalism
The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution

20. The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution

By Jack P. Greene

Using the British Empire as a case study, this succinct study argues that the establishment of overseas settlements in America created a problem of constitutional organization that created deep and persistent tensions within the empire during the colonial era and that the failure to resolve it was the ... More »

21. Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America

By Linda Kerber | Used Price: 80% Off

Women of the Republic views the American Revolution through women's eyes. Previous histories have rarely recognized that the battle for independence was also a woman's war. The "women of the army" toiled in army hospitals, kitchens, and laundries. Civilian women were spies, fund raisers, innkeepers, ... More »

Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America
A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815

22. A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815

By Gregory Dowd | Used Price: 80% Off

In the early 1800s, when once-powerful North American Indian peoples were being driven west across the Mississippi, a Shawnee prophet collapsed into a deep sleep. When he awoke, he told friends and family of his ascension to Indian heaven, where his grandfather had given him a warning: "Beware ... More »

23. The Radicalism of the American Revolution

By Gordon S. Wood | Used Price: 80% Off

In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian depicts much more than a break with England. He gives readers a revolution that transformed an almost feudal society into a democratic one, whose emerging realities sometimes baffled and disappointed its ... More »

The Radicalism of the American Revolution
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789

24. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789

By Robert Middlekauff | Used Price: 60% Off

The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically acclaimed volume--a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize--offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic. Beginning with the French and Indian War and continuing to the ... More »

25. A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic

By John Ferling | Used Price: 80% Off

It was an age of fascinating leaders and difficult choices, of grand ideas eloquently expressed and of epic conflicts bitterly fought. Now comes a brilliant portrait of the American Revolution, one that is compelling in its prose, fascinating in its details, and provocative in its fresh interpretations.In A ... More »

A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic
Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia

26. Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia

By Woody Holton | Used Price: 60% Off

In this provocative reinterpretation of one of the best-known events in American history, Woody Holton shows that when Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other elite Virginians joined their peers from other colonies in declaring independence from Britain, they acted partly in response to grassroots rebellions against their own ... More »

27. Capitalism and a New Social Order

By Joyce Appleby | Used Price: 90% Off

In 1800 the Jeffersonian Republicans, decisive victors over what they considered elitist Federalism, seized the potential for change in the new American nation. They infused in it their vision of a society of economically progressive, politically equal, and socially liberated individuals. This book examines the fusion of ideas ... More »

Capitalism and a New Social Order
Jefferson and Civil Liberties: The Darker Side

28. Jefferson and Civil Liberties: The Darker Side

By Leonard W. Levy | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In the most controversial analysis ever written of the apostle of American liberty, the distinguished constitutional historian Leonard W. Levy examines Jefferson’s record on civil liberties and finds it strikingly wanting. Clearing away the saintliness that surrounds the hero, Mr. Levy tries to understand why the “unfamiliar” Jefferson ... More »

29. The Age of Jackson

By Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. | Price: $0.01

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Jackson. It is a triumph of historical scholarship, analysis, and interpretation and throws much new light on a host of Americans, well-known and less well-known, who come to life in remarkable portraits that are both brilliant and ... More »

The Age of Jackson
A Shopkeeper's Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837

30. A Shopkeeper's Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837

By Paul Johnson | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

A quarter-century after its first publication, A Shopkeeper's Millennium remains a landmark work--brilliant both as a new interpretation of the intimate connections among politics, economy, and religion during the Second Great Awakening, and as a surprising portrait of a rapidly growing frontier city. The religious revival that transformed ... More »

31. The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800

By Stanley Elkins; Eric McKitrick | 80% Off

When Thomas Jefferson took the oath of office for the presidency in 1801, America had just passed through twelve critical years, years dominated by some of the towering figures of our history and by the challenge of having to do everything for the first time. Washington, Hamilton, ... More »

The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800
Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832

32. Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832

By Robert V. Remini | Used Price: 90% Off

Available in paperback for the first time, these three volumes represent the definitive biography of Andrew Jackson. Volume One covers the role Jackson played in America's territorial expansion, bringing to life a complex character who has often been seen simply as a rough-hewn country general. Volume Two traces ... More »

33. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846

By Charles Sellers | Used Price: 90% Off

The Market Revolution offers a sweeping, comprehensive overview of the Jacksonian period in a synthesis of political, social, economic, and cultural history. This book examines the tensions between democracy and capitalism that arose during this period after the war of 1812 and the massive transformation of American society ... More »

The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846
Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age

34. Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age

By John William Ward | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Was the man who lent his name to "Jacksonian America" a rough-hewn frontiersman? A powerful, victorious general? Or merely a man of will? Separating myth from reality, John William Ward here demonstrates how Andrew Jackson captured the imagination of a generation of Americans and came to represent not ... More »

35. Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery

By Robert Fogel | Used Price: 70% Off

"[Fogel's] exceedingly careful testing of all possible sources and his pioneering methodological approach have allowed [him] both to increase our knowledge of an institutions operation and disintegration and to renew our methods of research." —from the citation to Robert William Fogel for the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic ... More »

Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery
Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War

36. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War

By Eric Foner | Used Price: 80% Off

Since its publication twenty-five years ago, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men has been recognized as a classic, an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the causes of the American Civil War. A key work in establishing political ideology as a major concern of modern American historians, ... More »

37. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

By Eugene Genovese | Used Price: 80% Off

This landmark history of slavery in the South—a winner of the Bancroft Prize—challenged conventional views of slaves by illuminating the many forms of resistance to dehumanization that developed in slave society.Rather than emphasizing the cruelty and degradation of slavery, historian Eugene Genovese investigates the ways that slaves forced ... More »

Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South

38. Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South

By James Oakes | Used Price: 80% Off

"The most valuable and stimulating general interpretation of the Old South to appear in recent years."—George M. Fredrickson This pathbreaking interpretation of the slaveholding South begins with the insight that slavery and freedom were not mutually exclusive but were intertwined in every dimension of life in the South. ... More »

39. Artisans into Workers: Labour in 19th Century America

By Bruce Laurie | Used Price: 90% Off

'The first serious attempt to integrate the findings of the 'new' labor history into the established framework of nineteenth-century American labor history...Will be welcomed and widely read by students of nineteenth-century America' - David Brody, author of "Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919". More »

Artisans into Workers: Labour in 19th Century America
Race and Manifest Destiny: Origins of American Racial Anglo-Saxonism

40. Race and Manifest Destiny: Origins of American Racial Anglo-Saxonism

By Reginald Horsman | Used Price: 80% Off

American myths about national character tend to overshadow the historical realities. Mr. Horsman's book is the first study to examine the origins of racialism in America and to show that the belief in white American superiority was firmly ensconced in the nation's ideology by 1850. ... More »

41. The Oregon Trail

By Francis Parkman | Used Price: 60% Off

The Oregon Trail is the gripping account of Francis Parkman's journey west across North America in 1846. After crossing the Allegheny Mountains by coach and continuing by boat and wagon to Westport, Missouri, he set out with three companions on a horseback journey that would ultimately take ... More »

The Oregon Trail
The Frontier in American History

42. The Frontier in American History

By Frederick Jackson Turner | 90% Off

In this volume, Faragher introduces and comments on ten of Frederick Jackson Turner's most significant essays, concluding with a comment on the debate over Turner's legacy and his effect on Americans' understanding of their national character. More »

43. America's Frontier Heritage

By Ray Allen Billington | Price: $0.01

The hypothesis advanced in Frederick Jackson Turner's famous 1893 essay, The Significance of the Frontier in American History, has been debated by three generations of scholars. The pioneering experience, Turner suggested, accounted for some of the distinctive characteristics of the American people: during three centuries of expansion their ... More »

America's Frontier Heritage
Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth

44. Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth

By Henry Nash Smith | Under $1.00

The spell that the West has always exercised on the American people had its most intense impact on American literature and thought during the nineteenth century. Smith shows, with vast comprehension, the influence of the nineteenth-century West in all its variety and strength, in special relation to ... More »

45. And Still the Waters Run

By Angie Debo | Used Price: 70% Off

Debo's classic work tells the tragic story of the spoliation of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole nations at the turn of the last century in what is now the state of Oklahoma. After their earlier forced removal from traditional lands in the ... More »

And Still the Waters Run
Women and Men on the Overland Trail

46. Women and Men on the Overland Trail

By John Mack Faragher | Used Price: 80% Off

This classic book offers a lively and penetrating analysis of what the overland journey was really like for midwestern farm families in the mid-1800s. Through the subtle use of contemporary diaries, memoirs, and even folk songs, John Mack Faragher dispels the common stereotypes of male and female roles ... More »

47. The Indian Frontier 1846-1890

By Robert M. Utley | Under $1.00

First published in 1984, Robert Utley's The Indian Frontier of the American West, 1846-1890, is considered a classic for both students and scholars. For this revision, Utley includes scholarship and research that has become available in recent years.What they said about the first edition:"[The Indian Frontier of the ... More »

The Indian Frontier 1846-1890
The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846

48. The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846

By David J. Weber | Used Price: 80% Off

The quarter-century of Mexican sovereignty over the land that is today the American Southwest was a period of turmoil and transition. Between 1821 and 1846, Mexico City's ties to the far northern frontier were steadily weakened by domestic political and social strife as well as by foreign economic ... More »

49. Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West

By Donald Worster | Used Price: 70% Off

When Henry David Thoreau went for his daily walk, he would consult his instincts on which direction to follow. More often than not his inner compass pointed west or southwest. "The future lies that way to me," he explained, "and the earth seems more unexhausted and ... More »

Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

50. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

By William Cronon | Used Price: 60% Off

"Magnificent... the best work of economic and business history I've ever read."—Paul Krugman In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West ... More »

51. Fathers and Children: Andrew Jackson and the Subjugation of the American Indian

By Michael Paul Rogin | Used Price: 70% Off

Rogin shows us a Jackson who saw the Indians as a menace to the new nation and its citizens. This volatile synthesis of liberal egalitarianism and an assault on the American Indians is the source of continuing interest in the sobering and important book. More »

Fathers and Children: Andrew Jackson and the Subjugation of the American Indian
The Political Crisis of the 1850s

52. The Political Crisis of the 1850s

By Michael Holt

Professor Holt's book provides a lucid and provocative interpretation of the coming of the Civil War.Holt sees the Civil War as representing a breakdown in America's democratic political process, more specifically the Second Party System of Whigs and Democrats. He demonstrates this system's success, beginning in the 1820s ... More »

53. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

By James M. McPherson | Used Price: 70% Off

Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War.James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of ... More »

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

54. Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

By Edmund Wilson | Used Price: 80% Off

Regarded by many critics as Edmund Wilson's greatest book, Patriotic Gore brilliantly portrays the vast political, spiritual, and material crisis of the Civil War as reflected in the lives and writings of some thirty representative Americans. Critical/biographical portraits of such notable figures as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, ... More »

55. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

By Eric Foner | Used Price: 50% Off

Newly Reissued with a New Introduction: From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York Times Book Review), a newly updated edition of the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period which shaped modern America.Eric Foner's "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" ... More »

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
The Transplanted: A History of Immigrants in Urban America

56. The Transplanted: A History of Immigrants in Urban America

By John Bodnar | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"... an excellent broad overview... " —Journal of Social History"... powerfully argued... " —Moses Rischin"... imaginative and soundly based... " —Choice"Highly recommended... " —Library Journal"... an outstanding major contribution to the literature on immigration history." —History"... a very important new synthesis of American immigration history... " —Journal of ... More »

57. The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt

By John Milton Cooper Jr. | Price: $0.01

The colossal figures who shaped the politics of industrial America emerge in full scale in this engrossing comparative biography. In both the depth and sophistication of intellect that they brought to politics and in the titanic conflict they waged with each other, Roosevelt and Wilson were, like Hamilton ... More »

The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt
The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916

58. The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916

By Martin J. Sklar | Used Price: 70% Off

At the turn of the twentieth century American politics underwent a profound change, as both regulatory minimalism and statist command were rejected in favor of positive government engaged in both regulatory and distributive roles. Through a fresh examination of the judicial, legislative, and political aspects of the antitrust ... More »

59. The Search for Order, 1877-1920

By Robert Wiebe | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

At the end of the Reconstruction, the spread of science and technology, industrialism, urbanization, immigration, and economic depressions eroded Americans' conventional beliefs in individualism and a divinely ordained social system. In The Search for Order, Robert Wiebe shows how, in subsequent years, during theProgressive Era of Theodore Roosevelt ... More »

The Search for Order, 1877-1920
The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916

60. The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916

By Gabriel Kolko | Under $1.00

A radically new interpretation of the Progressive Era which argues that business leaders, and not the reformers, inspired the era’s legislation regarding business. More »

61. A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era

By Steven J. Diner | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The early twentieth century was a time of technological revolution in the United States. New inventions and corporations were transforming the economic landscape, bringing a stunning array of consumer goods, millions of additional jobs, and ever more wealth. Steven J. Diner draws on the rich scholarship of recent ... More »

A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era
The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925

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

By David Montgomery | Used Price: 90% Off

By studying the ways in which American industrial workers mobilized concerted action in their own interest, the author focuses on the workplace itself, examining the codes of conduct developed by different types of workers and the connections between their activity at work and their national origins ... More »

63. The Transformation of American Law, 1870-1960: The Crisis of Legal Orthodoxy

By Morton J. Horwitz | Used Price: 90% Off

When the first volume of Morton Horwitz's monumental history of American law appeared in 1977, it was universally acclaimed as one of the most significant works ever published in American legal history. The New Republic called it an "extremely valuable book." Library Journal praised it as "brilliant" and ... More »

The Transformation of American Law, 1870-1960: The Crisis of Legal Orthodoxy
The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940

64. The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940

By Anthony Badger | Used Price: 80% Off

Anthony Badger’s notably successful history is not simply another narrative of the New Deal, nor does the figure of Franklin Roosevelt loom as large in his account as in some others. What Mr. Badger does so well is to consider important aspects of New Deal activity agriculture, welfare, ... More »

65. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940

By William Leuchtenburg | 80% Off

When the stability of American life was threatened by the Great Depression, the decisive and visionary policy contained in FDR's New Deal offered America a way forward. In this groundbreaking work, William E. Leuchtenburg traces the evolution of what was both the most controversial and effective socioeconomic initiative ... More »

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940
The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume I

66. The Crisis of the Old Order: 1919-1933, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume I

By Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. | 90% Off

The Crisis of the Old Order, 1919-1933, volume one of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.’s Age of Roosevelt series, is the first of three books that interpret the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the early twentieth century in terms of Franklin D. ... More »

67. Anxious Decades: America in Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1941

By Michael E. Parrish | Used Price: 80% Off

"Impressively detailed. . . . An authoritative and epic overview."—Publishers Weekly In the convulsive years between 1920 and 941, Americans were first dazzled by unprecedented economic prosperity and then beset by the worst depression in their history. It was the era of Model T's, rising incomes, scientific management, ... More »

Anxious Decades: America in Prosperity and Depression, 1920-1941
Discontented America: The United States in the 1920s

68. Discontented America: The United States in the 1920s

By David J. Goldberg | Used Price: 80% Off

It was a decade of great heroes like Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh, and of passive leaders like Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge. The exuberant freedom of flappers drinking bathtub gin and dancing the Charleston did little to counter such powers of oppression as the rapidly rising Ku ... More »

69. The Great Crash 1929

By John Kenneth Galbraith | 80% Off

The classic examination of the 1929 financial collapse, with an introduction by economist James K. Galbraith   Of John Kenneth Galbraith's The Great Crash 1929, the Atlantic Monthly said: "Economic writings are seldom notable for their entertainment value, but this book is. Galbraith's prose has grace and wit, ... More »

The Great Crash 1929
The Great Depression: America 1929-1941

70. The Great Depression: America 1929-1941

By Robert S. McElvaine | Under $1.00

One of the classic studies of the Great Depression, featuring a new introduction by the author with insights into the economic crises of 1929 and today.   In the twenty-five years since its publication, critics and scholars have praised historian Robert McElvaine’s sweeping and authoritative history of the ... More »

71. Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s

By Frederick Lewis Allen | Price: $0.01

Prohibition. Al Capone. The President Harding scandals. The revolution of manners and morals. Black Tuesday. These are only an inkling of the events and figures characterizing the wild, tumultuous era that was the Roaring Twenties. Originally published in 1931, Only Yesterday traces the rise ... More »

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s
President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941: Appearances and Realities

72. President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941: Appearances and Realities

By Charles A. Beard

Conceived by Charles Beard as a sequel to his provocative study of American Foreign Policy in the Making, 1932-1940, President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War outraged a nation, permanently damaging Beard's status as America's most influential historian. Beard's main argument is that both Democratic ... More »

73. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980

By Gary Gerstle; Steve Fraser | Under $1.00

"As the twenty-first century approaches, a new generation of scholars is providing fresh historical perspectives on the twentieth. The contributors to The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order move beyond both the self-congratulation of traditional liberals and the hostility of New Left radicals. This collection of ... More »

The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980
Seeds of the Sixties

74. Seeds of the Sixties

By Andrew Jamison | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"The Sixties." The powerful images conveyed by those two words have become an enduring part of American cultural and political history. But where did Sixties radicalism come from? Who planted the intellectual seeds that brought it into being? These questions are answered with striking clarity in Andrew Jamison ... More »

75. The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience

By Stephen A. Marglin; Juliet B. Schor

The period after World War Two, with its sustained growth and high employment rate, has been referred to as the "golden age" of capitalism. Blending historical analysis with economic theory, this work presents essays that scrutinize the institutions that fostered this growth and high employment as well as ... More »

The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience
The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s

76. The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s

By Allen J. Matusow | Used Price: 70% Off

In a book that William E. Leuchtenburg, writing in the Atlantic, called “a work of considerable power,” Allen Matusow documents the rise and fall of 1960s liberalism. He offers deft treatments of the major topics—anticommunism, civil rights, Great Society programs, the counterculture—making the most, throughout, of his subject’s ... More »

77. The Decline of American Political Parties, 1952-1996

By Martin P. Wattenberg | Price: $0.01

"The major theme of Chapter 12, new to this edition, is the missed opportunities for the parties in the 1996 elections. The year started with a highly visible confrontation over the budget that could have revitalized the party coalitions if the issues had been carried over to ... More »

The Decline of American Political Parties, 1952-1996
A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State

78. A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State

By Michael J. Hogan | Used Price: 90% Off

A Cross of Iron provides the fullest account yet of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state-making through struggles to unify the armed forces, harness science to military purposes, mobilize military manpower, control ... More »

79. Self-Rule: A Cultural History of American Democracy

By Robert Wiebe | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Something profoundly important occurred in early 19th century America that came to be called democracy. Since then hundreds of millions of people worldwide have operated on the assumption that democracy exists. Yet definitions of democracy are surprisingly vague and remarkably few reckon with its history. In Self-Rule, Robert ... More »

Self-Rule: A Cultural History of American Democracy
The Tragedy of American Diplomacy

80. The Tragedy of American Diplomacy

By William Appleman Williams | 70% Off

“A brilliant book on foreign affairs.”—Adolf A. Berle Jr., New York Times Book Review This incisive interpretation of American foreign policy ranks as a classic in American thought. First published in 1959, the book offered an analysis of the wellsprings of American foreign policy that shed light on ... More »

81. The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad 1750 to the Present

By Walter LaFeber | Under $1.00

In this leading text, Walter LaFeber offers a comprehensive history of American foreign relations from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. His narrative account features several major themes: the connections between U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics; the impact of American economic development on foreign policy interests; popular ... More »

The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad 1750 to the Present
A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War

82. A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War

By Melvyn Leffler | Used Price: 80% Off

In the United States the Cold War shaped our political culture, our institutions, and our national priorities. Abroad, it influenced the destinies of people everywhere. It divided Europe, split Germany, and engulfed the Third World. It led to a feverish arms race and massive sales of military equipment ... More »

83. Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Raymond Garthoff | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The Soviet response to the first edition of Reflections has been a prime example of the new openness under glasnost in discussing previously taboo subjects. Using new revelations-- such as the fact that Moscow had twice as many troops in Cuba as the Kennedy administration believed-- from key ... More »

Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis
Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience

84. Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience

By Gabriel Kolko | Under $1.00

Kolko's groundbreaking and widely cited study of the Vietnam War, with a new postscript by the author. More »

85. The Korean War: A History

By Bruce Cumings | Used Price: 70% Off

A BRACING ACCOUNT OF A WAR THAT IS EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD, FORGOTTEN, OR WILLFULLY IGNORED For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and ... More »

The Korean War: A History
The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

86. The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

By Gar Alperovitz | Used Price: 80% Off

Controversial in nature, this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Alperovitz criticizes one of the most hotly debated precursory events to the Cold War, an event that was largely responsible for the evolution of post-World War II American ... More »

87. Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East

By Geoffrey Wawro | Under $1.00

An unprecedented history of our involvement in the Middle East that traces our current quandaries there-in Iraq, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, and elsewhere-back to their roots almost a century ago. Geoffrey Wawro approaches America's role in the Middle East in a fundamentally new way-by encompassing the last ... More »

Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times

88. The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times

By Odd Arne Westad

The Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States indelibly shaped the world we live in today--especially international politics, economics, and military affairs. This volume shows how the globalization of the Cold War during the 20th century created the foundations for most of today's key ... More »

89. Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and U.S. Political Culture

By Noam Chomsky | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

This book is a thorough analysis of John F. Kennedy's role in the U.S. invsion of Vietnam and a probing reflection of the elite political culture that allowed and ecouraged the Cold War. More »

Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and U.S. Political Culture
Race Matters

90. Race Matters

By Cornel West | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

With a new introduction, the groundbreaking classic Race Matters affirms its position as the bestselling, most influential, and most original articulation of the urgent issues in America?s ongoing racial debate.Cornel West is at the forefront of thinking about race. In Race Matters he addresses a range of issues, ... More »

91. The Strange Career of Jim Crow

By C. Vann Woodward | Used Price: 70% Off

C. Vann Woodward, who died in 1999 at the age of 91, was America's most eminent Southern historian, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Mary Chestnut's Civil War and a Bancroft Prize for The Origins of the New South. Now, to honor his long and truly distinguished ... More »

The Strange Career of Jim Crow
The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class

92. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class

By David Roediger | Used Price: 50% Off

Combining classical Marxism, psychoanalysis, and the new labor history pioneered by E. P. Thompson and Herbert Gutman, David Roediger’s widely acclaimed book provides an original study of the formative years of working-class racism in the United States. This, he argues, cannot be explained simply with reference to economic ... More »

93. Stories of Scottsboro

By James Goodman | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"A rich and compelling narrative, as taut and suspenseful as good fiction. In places, Stories of Scottsboro is almost heartbreaking, not least because Goodman shows what people felt as well as what they thought." -- Washington Post Book WorldTo white Southerners, it was "a heinous and unspeakable crime" ... More »

Stories of Scottsboro
The Struggle for Black Equality

94. The Struggle for Black Equality

By Harvard Sitkoff | Under $1.00

The Struggle for Black Equality is a dramatic, memorable history of the civil rights movement. Harvard Sitkoff offers both a brilliant interpretation of the personalities and dynamics of civil rights organizations and a compelling analysis of the continuing problems plaguing many African Americans. With a new foreword and ... More »

95. My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered

By Howell Raines | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The almost unfathomable courage and the undying faith that propelled the Civil Rights Movement are brilliantly captured in these moving personal recollections. Here are the voices of leaders and followers, of ordinary people who became extraordinary in the face of turmoil and violence. From the Montgomery ... More »

My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered
Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality

96. Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality

By Richard Kluger | Used Price: 80% Off

Simple Justice is the definitive history of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education and the epic struggle for racial equality in this country. Combining intensive research with original interviews with surviving participants, Richard Kluger provides the fullest possible view of the human and legal drama in ... More »

97. Born for Liberty

By Sara M. Evans | Under $1.00

The most concise and comprehensive one-volume history of American women--from the indigenous women of the 16th-century wilderness to the dual-role career women and mothers of contemporary times--this book brings American womanhood to center stage, exploring the lives of pioneers and slaves, immigrants and factory workers, executives and homemakers. ... More »

Born for Liberty
Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

98. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940

By George Chauncey | Used Price: 70% Off

Gay New York brilliantly shatters the myth that before the 1960s gay life existed only in the closet, where gay men were isolated, invisible, and self-hating. Based on years of research and access to a rich trove of diaries, legal records, and other unpublished documents, this book is ... More »

99. Stonewall

By Martin Duberman | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"As scholars we should read Stonewall, and as teachers we should assign it. All of us will be challenged to build on it."—Michael Sherry, Northwestern Univ. "Both a fascinating account of the birth of gay liberation and a replay of the turbulent, society-changing 60s."—San Francisco Chronicle. More »

Stonewall
Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

100. Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

By Lillian Faderman | Used Price: 50% Off

As Lillian Faderman writes, there are "no constants with regard to lesbianism," except that lesbians prefer women. In this groundbreaking book, she reclaims the history of lesbian life in twentieth-century America, tracing the evolution of lesbian identity and subcultures from early networks to more recent diverse lifestyles. She ... More »


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