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Free American history books, US History books online. Several webpages with thousands of free eBooks on American history topics.

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U.S. History – Historiography Books Collection

About 140 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of United States Historiography. Some books: The New American History, American Historical Explanations, The craft of American History, The Reinterpretation of American History and Culture, American Themes: essays in historiography, American Historical Explanations, A History of American History, The Reconstruction of American History, Families and Communities: a new view of American history, Perspectives on American Labor History, Historical Scholarship in the United States, The Critical Method in Historical Research and Writing, many more books on U.S. History – Historiography. Free American history books, American history books online.

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United States Foreign Relations Books Collection

About 4,400 United States Foreign Relations books online, from the Internet Archive. Some books: American Foreign Policy: past present future, The New Democracy in Foreign Policy Making, Major Problems in American Foreign Policy, American Diplomacy, A Diplomatic History of the American People, A Short History of American Foreign Policy, The United States in World Affairs, The United States and Foreign Powers, American Foreign Relations since 1895, From Colony to Superpower, Promised Land – Crusader State, America’s World Role in the ’70s, Empire Without Tears, The Free World Colossus, many more books about United States Foreign Relations. Free American history books, U.S. history books online.

U.S. Economic History Books – Collection

About 400 U.S. Economic History books online. Some books: Essays in American Economic History, American Economic History, Issues in American Economic History, A History of American Economic Life, Women in Industry, Economic Explorations and Native American History, Trade and the American Dream, The American Economy, The Epic History of American Economic Power, Problems of American Economic Growth, The Decline of American Capitalism, The End of the American Century, The Limits of American Capitalism, many more books on American Economic History. American history books online.

American History Biography and Autobiography Books – Collection

About 2,000 books on American History Biography and Autobiography. Some books: Pictorial History of American Presidents, Hero Tales from American History, Great Women in American History, Who’s Who in African American History, Biographical Dictionary of American Indian History to 1900, 100 Americans Who Shaped American History, Jewish Contributions to American History, Unrecognized Heroes of American History, Forgotten Americans, many more books of American biography and autobiography. American history books online, free American history books.

Intellectual Life in American History Books – Collection

About 560 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Intellectual Life in American History. Some books: Cambridge History of African American Literature, Human Nature in American Thought, the Opening of the American Mind, Sources of the American Mind, The Modern American Tradition: readings in intellectual history, Renewing Black Intellectual History, Making History Matter, The American Enlightenment 1750-1820, American Indian Literature, many more books on Intellectual Life in American History. Free American history books.

American History Manners and Customs Books – Collection

About 160 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of American History Manners and Customs. Some books: Everyday Life: American social history, American Behavioral History, American Life: a social history, An American Homeplace, American Home Life 1880-1930, Early American Places, American Folk Medicine, American Holidays and National Days, The American West: living the frontier dream, The Arts and the American Home, Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginnings of American Industry, Young America: a folk-art history, American Civic Life and the golden Age of Fraternity, many more books on American History Manners and Customs.

American Social History Books – Collection

About 200 American Social History books, from the Internet Archive free online. Some books: Encyclopedia of American Social History, American Life: a social history, The Religious History of American Women, The American Amusement Park, American Decades (several volumes), The New Cultural History, American Social Thought, The Arab Americans, Financing the American Dream, Modern American Religion, LSD and the American Dream, A Social History of the Telephone to 1940, many more books on American Social History. Free American history.

Popular Culture in American History Books – Collection

About 200 Popular Culture in American History books, from the Internet Archive. Some books: American History – American Television, Work Recreation and Culture, Ethnicity and Sport in North American History, Globalization and American Popular Culture, American Cinema – American Culture, American Legends, American Countercultures, The Adventures of Amos & Andy, The American Amusement Park, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, How Black Music Transformed White Culture, A Brief History of Gangsters, Jazz in American Culture, Television Comedy and American Culture, The American Motel, A Cultural History of Shopping, Women and Slavery in America, A History of Life and Death, Icons of American Popular Culture, many more books on American Popular Culture. Free American history books, U.S. history books online.

Frontier and Pioneer Life in American History Books – Collection

About 130 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Frontier and Pioneer Life in American History. Some books: The American West, The Mission Trails in American History, The Frontier in American History, The Frontier Thesis: valid interpretation of American history?, Atlas of American Frontiers, The Great American West, The American Cowboy, A Nation Moving West, A Social History of the American Frontier 1776-1890, Rereading Frederick Jackson Turner, The Frontier in American Literature, Frontier Women, many more books on Frontier and Pioneer Life in American History.

International Relations in American History Books – Collection

About 240 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of International Relations in American History. Some books: A Study in Canadian-American Relations, A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power, The World is Flat, The Issues of Immigration, How America Acts as the World’s Government in the 21st Century, The Sorrows of Empire, The United States and Japan 1951-2001, Imperial America, The Web of World Politics, Contemporary Quebec and the United States 1960-1985, many more books on International Relations in American History.

American History Politics and Government Books – Collection

About 900 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of American History Politics and Government. Some books: Encyclopedia of American Political History, The Cycles of American History, American Political Parties, History of American Presidential Elections, History of African-American Civic Organizations, Politics and Diplomacy in Recent American History, The Democratic Experiment, Reinventing Richard Nixon, A History of Modern American Reform, Readings in American Government, many more books on American History Politics and Government. Free American history books, U.S. history books online.

American Working Class History Books – Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of American Working Class History. Some books: A History of the American Worker, American Labor History, A Documentary History of American Industrial Society (many volumes), American Working Class Culture, A History of American Labor, Work Recreation and Culture, Explorations in the History of American Radicalism, American Labor, Work Culture and Society, The American Worker in the 20th Century, many more books on American Working Class History.

Capitalism in American History Books – Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Capitalism in American History. Some books: Casebook in American Business History, The Sinews of American Capitalism, The Triumph of American Capitalism, The Coming of Managerial Capitalism, Politics and the American Economy, The Entrepreneurial Adventure, Visionary Capitalism, Capitalism: the unknown ideal, many more books on Capitalism in American History. Free American history books, U.S. history books online.

United States History Sources – Collection

About 550 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of United States History Sources. Some books: American History Told by Contemporaries, American Historical Documents 1000-1904, Documents of American History, Charles Sumner: his complete works, American Democracy: a documentary record, The Writings of James Madison, Readings in American History, The Annals of America, many more books of U.S. History Sources.

United States Military History Books – Collection

About 830 United States Military History books online, from the Internet Archive. Some books: Encyclopedia of American Military History, The American Civil War, Air Force: a pictorial history of American airpower, American Military History: a guide to reference and information sources, A Study in American Military History, The Civilian and the Military, The History of American Wars from Colonial Times to World War I, many more books on American Military History.

U.S. History Examinations Free Online

About 45 U.S. History Examinations books online, from the Internet Archive. This group is mainly made up of study guides and practice examinations for Advanced Placement and SAT exams. Some books: Barron’s AP American History, AP Success – U.S. History, Reviewing U.S. History and Government, ACE U.S. History, Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, SAT Subject Test United States History, Cliffs AP United States History, SAT II American History and Social Studies, The Great American History Quiz, 500 AP U.S. History Questions to Know by Test Day, United States History and Government, Guide to AP U.S. History, many more U.S. History Examination books. Free American history books.

U.S. Historical Geography Books – Collection

About 40 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of U.S. Historical Geography. The group includes books and atlases. Some books: Harper’s Atlas of American History, Historical Geography of the United States, Historical Atlas of the United States, Lectures on the Historical Geography of the United States, Atlas of American History, The Exploration of Western America 1800-1850: an historical geography, Atlas of American Frontiers, Westward to the Pacific, American History and its Geographic Conditions, Index to Maps of the American Revolution in Books and Periodicals, many more books on U.S. Historical Geography.

U.S. Social Conditions to 1865 Books – Collection

About 60 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “United States – Social Conditions – To 1865”. Some books: The Remarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb, The Era of Reform 1830-1860, The Reform Impulse 1825-1850, Class and Society in Early America, The Evolution of American Society 1700-1815, Society Manners and Politics in the United States, The Alcoholic Republic: an American tradition, Jacksonian and Antebellum Age: people and perspectives, Jacksonian Panorama, many more books on U.S. Social Conditions to 1865.

Album of American History, Vol 1

Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 Volume 5 Volume 6

Adams, James Truslow, ed.
Scribner’s Sons 1960 Dewey Dec. 973

“How did our forefathers dress; what sort of tools or utensils did they use, in what kinds of occupations; what did their houses look like, inside and out; in a word, if we could suddenly step into their world, what would we see? No amount of verbal description, however accurate or vivid, can make us visualize the life of the past as can pictures of that life. But the pictures must be authentic … The intent of the present work is to tell the history of America through pictures made at the time the history was being made…. In this work the pictures themselves are the history, and the text assumes the subordinate role which pictures have had in the past.” – Author’s foreword

Vol — 1 : Colonial period — – Vol — 2 : 1783-1853. – Vol — 3 : 1853-1893. – Vol — 4 : End of an era — – Vol — 5 : 1917-1953. – Vol — 6 : 1953-1968 and general index

The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000

Anderson, Fred, Cayton, Andrew
Viking 2005 Dewey Dec. 973

In The Dominion of War, historians Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton boldly reinterpret the development of the United States, arguing instead that war has played a leading role in shaping North America from the sixteenth century to the present.
Anderson and Cayton bring their sweeping narrative to life by structuring it around the lives of eight men—Samuel de Champlain, William Penn, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, and Colin Powell. This approach enables them to describe great events in concrete terms and to illuminate critical connections between often-forgotten imperial conflicts, such as the Seven Years’ War and the Mexican-American War, and better-known events such as the War of Independence and the Civil War. The result is a provocative, highly readable account of the ways in which republic and empire have coexisted in American history as two faces of the same coin. The Dominion of War recasts familiar triumphs as tragedies, proposes an unconventional set of turning points, and depicts imperialism and republicanism as inseparable influences in a pattern of development in which war and freedom have long been intertwined. It offers a new perspective on America’s attempts to define its role in the world at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans

Appleby, Joyce
Belknap 2000 Dewey Dec. 973

Born after the Revolution, the first generation of Americans inherited a truly new world–and, with it, the task of working out the terms of Independence. Anyone who started a business, marketed a new invention, ran for office, formed an association, or wrote for publication was helping to fashion the world’s first liberal society. These are the people we encounter in Inheriting the Revolution, a vibrant tapestry of the lives, callings, decisions, desires, and reflections of those Americans who turned the new abstractions of democracy, the nation, and free enterprise into contested realities.
Through data gathered on thousands of people, as well as hundreds of memoirs and autobiographies, Joyce Appleby tells myriad intersecting stories of how Americans born between 1776 and 1830 reinvented themselves and their society in politics, economics, reform, religion, and culture. They also had to grapple with the new distinction of free and slave labor, with all its divisive social entailments; the rout of Enlightenment rationality by the warm passions of religious awakening; the explosion of small business opportunities for young people eager to break out of their parents’ colonial cocoon. Few in the nation escaped the transforming intrusiveness of these changes. Working these experiences into a vivid picture of American cultural renovation, Appleby crafts an extraordinary–and deeply affecting–account of how the first generation established its own culture, its own nation, its own identity.

The American Pageant

Bailey, Thomas Andrew
Houghton Mifflin 1998 Dewey Dec. 973

First published 1956 and frequently revised. The inside story of American history. One of the most popular American history texts ever written, The American Pageant combines colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and the authors’ trademark wit to engage students like no other text. A general history which uses a chronological approach to events from the discovery of America and colonization through recent events. Free American history books.

A Diplomatic History of the American People

Bailey, Thomas Andrew
Prentice-Hall 1980 Dewey Dec. 973

A long-standing standard textbook of diplomatic history, first published in 1939 and updated afterward. American history books online.

The Rise of American Civilization

Beard, Charles A. and Beard, Mary R.
MacMillan 1930 Dewey Dec. 973

Charles Austin Beard (1874 – 1948) was, with Frederick Jackson Turner, one of the most influential American historians of the first half of the 20th century. His influence came from hundreds of monographs, textbooks and interpretive studies in both history and political science. His works included a radical re-evaluation of the founding fathers of the United States, who he believed were motivated more by economics than by philosophical principles. His wife, and co-author on this volume, Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958) was a historian and archivist, and played an important role in the women’s suffrage movement. -Wikipedia. American history books online.

Historical Atlas of the American West

Beck, Warren A.
1989 Dewey Dec. 973

The authors are a historian and a geographer, who tell the story of the region from a comprehensive geographical perspective. They “provide seventy-eight maps, each with explanatory text and a selective bibliography of further readings… This atlas presents the history of the West from prehistoric times to the present. The physical characteristics of the region―its natural resources and geographic features, climatic zones, agricultural regions, mineral resources, and native flora fauna―are presented… All the major explorations and overland movements in the region, as well as the evolution of transportation routes―from cattle trails to modern railroads―are depicted. The Spanish-Mexican land grants are presented in detail, with special emphasis on the early ranchos of Texas. Locations of important military events and installations, ranging from the Indian Wars of West to World War II POW camps, are recorded” – Publisher

A Short History of American Foreign Policy and Diplomacy

Bemis, Samuel Flagg
Holt 1959 Dewey Dec. 973

Samuel Flagg Bemis was a professor of diplomatic history and inter-American relations at Yale University.

Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves

Berlin, Ira
Belknap 2003 Dewey Dec. 973

Most Americans, black and white, have a singular vision of slavery, one fixed in the mid-nineteenth century when most American slaves grew cotton, resided in the deep South, and subscribed to Christianity. Here, however, Berlin offers a dynamic vision, a major reinterpretation in which slaves and their owners continually renegotiated the terms of captivity. Slavery was thus made and remade by successive generations of Africans and African Americans who lived through settlement and adaptation, plantation life, economic transformations, revolution, forced migration, war, and ultimately, emancipation.
Berlin’s understanding of the processes that continually transformed the lives of slaves makes “Generations of Captivity” essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of antebellum America. Connecting the “Charter Generation” to the development of Atlantic society in the seventeenth century, the “Plantation Generation” to the reconstruction of colonial society in the eighteenth century, the “Revolutionary Generation” to the Age of Revolutions, and the “Migration Generation” to American expansionism in the nineteenth century, Berlin integrates the history of slavery into the larger story of American life. He demonstrates how enslaved black people, by adapting to changing circumstances, prepared for the moment when they could seize liberty and declare themselves the “Freedom Generation.”
This epic story, told by a master historian, provides a rich understanding of the experience of African-American slaves, an experience that continues to mobilize American thought and passions today. Free American history.

Westward to the Pacific: An Overview of America’s Westward Expansion

Billington, Ray Allen
Jefferson National Expansion Historical Association 1979 Dewey Dec. 973

The Far Western Frontier, 1830-1860

Billington, Ray Allen
Harper 1956 Dewey Dec. 973

The second volume in “The New American Nation Series, following ‘The Rise of the West, 1754-1830’, by Francis Philbrick (also found on this webpage).

“This classic work of frontier history recounts the process of U.S. expansion into the Far West during the mid-nineteenth century. In just thirty years, thousands of pioneers pushed United States settlement from western Missouri and Arkansas into New Mexico, California, and Oregon. Kit Carson, Davy Crockett, Brigham Young, John C. Fremont, and Stephen Watts Kearny are only a few of the characters who appear in this colorful saga, which includes travel and trade on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, the California Gold Rush, the Texas Revolution, the Battle of the Alamo, and the Mexican-American War.” -Book Jacket. American history books online.

A History of the United States

Bourne, Henry Eldridge and Benton, Elbert Jay
1913 Dewey Dec. 973

“A well-written and attractive high school text.” – Standard Catalog 1929

The Oxford Companion to United States History

Boyer, Paul S.
Oxford Univ. 2001 Dewey Dec. 973

This reference work “features over 1,400 entries that illuminate not only America’s political, diplomatic, and military history, but also social, cultural, and intellectual trends, science, technology, and medicine, the arts, and religion. Includes familiar political heroes … as well as scientists, writers, radicals, sports figures, and religious leaders … Illuminates events that have shaped the nation; major Supreme Court decisions; landmark legislation; social movements; influential books; even natural disasters and iconic sites. Includes entries on the nation’s social and cultural history, from films, football, and the 4-H Club, to immigration, courtship and dating, marriage and divorce, and death and dying. Features extensive multi-part entries on such key topics as the Civil War, Indian history and culture, slavery, and the federal government.” – Publisher

Border Fights and Fighters: Stories of the Pioneers between the Alleghenies and the Mississippi and in the Texan Republic

Stories of the Pioneers between the Alleghenies and the Mississippi and in the Texan Republic. With maps & illustrations

Brady, Cyrus Townsend
McClure, Phillips 1902 Dewey Dec. 973

Many chapters, each devoted to a person, campaign or battle, are listed under the following parts and sub-parts:

Contents: 1. Pennsylvania – How Henry Bouquet Saved Pennsylvania – Captain Samuel Brady, Chief of the Rangers 2. Virginia, Tennessee, the Carolinas – On the Eve of the Revolution – The Pioneers of East Tennessee – Unpublished Account of the Battle of King’s Mountain, by the Rev. Stephen Foster, A Participant 3. Kentucky – Daniel Boone, Greatest of Pioneers – The Women and Children of Bryan’s Station 4. The Far South – The Massacre at Fort Mims – Jackson’s Victory at Tohopeka – When the Seminoles Fought for Freedom 5. The Northwest Territory – George Rogers Clark and the Great Northwest – Tecumseh and William Henry Harrison – The Massacre on the River Raisin – George Croghan and the Defence of Fort Stephenson 6. Texas – David Crockett and the Most Desperate Defence in American History – The Worst of Santa Anna’s Misdeeds – Sam Houston and Freedom. American history books online.

Revolutionary Fights and Fighters

Brady, Cyrus Townsend
Doubleday, Page 1913 Dewey Dec. 973

“This book is designed to call to the attention of those interested in our early struggles, some of the most remarkable of the great battles, heroic achievements and desperate undertakings through which we became a nation.” – Author’s Preface

The book is divided into these 5 parts: The War of the Revolution 1775-1783, The Indian War in the Northwest 1791-1794, The War with France 1798-1800, War with Tripoli 1802-1805, The Second War with England 1812-1815

The United States in the World: A History of American Foreign Policy, Vol 1

Brands, H. W.
Houghton Mifflin 1994 Dewey Dec. 973

“The United States in the World documents the emergence of the U.S. as a major participant in world politics by presenting American history as an integral part of world history. This big picture approach gives students a better perspective on American foreign relations–showcasing U.S. diplomacy as a function of both internal and external events.” – Publisher

The Vineyard of Liberty

Burns, James MacGregor
Knopf 1982 Dewey Dec. 973

The first of a 3-vol history of the U.S., the author tells the story of the shaping of the Republic from the development of the Constitution in the 1780s to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

The Appalachian Frontier; America’s First Surge Westward

Caruso, John Anthony
Bobbs-Merrill 1959 Dewey Dec. 973

Contents 1. Explorers in the Back Country 2. The Immigrants 3. The French and Indian War 4. The Long Hunters in Kentucky 5. The Regulators of North Carolina 6. The Wataugans 7. Lord Dunmore’s War 8. The Wilderness Trail 9. Transylvania 10. Siege of Boonesboro 11. Pattern of Life 12. King’s Mountain 13. Settlements on the Cumberland 14. Franklin, the Lost State 15. Kentucky: Struggle for Statehood 16. Making of Tennessee, Selected Bibliography. American history books online.

Encyclopedia of American Social History

Volume 2

Volume 3

Cayton, Mary Kupiec, Gorn, Elliott J. and Williams, Peter W., eds.
MacMillan 1993 Dewey Dec. 973

“The editors, with nearly 200 contributors, have produced a monumental and extremely useful synthesis of American social history. They note that “the range of subjects and approaches is daunting,” to which 14 thematic sections and 180 essays attest. Contributions by historians and scholars from ethnology, geography, literature, religion, anthropology, and sociology discuss the major issues such as gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, and sexual and political orientation that have dominated historical inquiry since the late 1960s. The section titles–Periods of Social Change; Methods and Context; The Construction of Social Identity; Processes of Social Change; Ethnic and Racial Subcultures; Regionalism and Regional Subcultures; Space and Place; Patterns of Everyday Life; Work and Labor; Popular Culture and Recreation; Family History; Social Problems, Social Control, and Social Protest; Science, Medicine and Technology; and Education and Literacy–convey the breadth of coverage.” – J. D. Haskell Jr.

Guide to the Study and Reading of American History

Channing, Edward; Hart, Albert Bushnell & Turner, Frederick Jackson
Ginn 1912 Dewey Dec. 016.973

Part and chapter headings are:

Part I – Status and Methods
1. Status of American History
2. Historical Methods

Part II – Classified Bibliography
3. Bibliographical Aids – 4. General Works – 5. Geography – 6. Special Works – 7. Sources – 8. Illustrative Works

Part III – Teaching and Reading History
9. Working Libraries – 10. Class Exercises – 11. Historical Reading – 12. Lectures – 13. Written Work

Part IV – Colonial History and the Revolution, 1492-1783
14. Discovery and Latin Colonization, 1492-1783 – 15. English Explorers and the Southern Colonies, 1497-1760 – 16. Middle Colonies, 1609-1760 – 17. New England, 1607-1760 – 18. Expulsion of the French, 1689-1763 – 19. The Revolution, 1760-1783

Part V – United States History, 1781-1865
20. Genesis of the Union, 1607-1775 – 21. Confederation and Constitution, 1781-1788 – 22. Organization of the Government, 1789-1801 – 23. Foreign Complications, 1801-1815 – 24. Reorganization, 1815-1829 – 25. Jackson’s Administration, 1829-1837 – 26. Slavery and Texas, 1830-1848 – 27. The Slavery Crisis, 1846-1860 – 28. The Civil War Period

Part VI – Recent United States History, 1865-1910
29. Reconstruction and Development, 1865-1872 – 30. Political Reaction, 1872-1880 – 31. New Industrial Foundations, 1880-1890 – 32. Economic Unrest, 1890-1898 – 33. The Transforming Nation, 1898-1910

A Guide to the Study and Use of Military History

Coakley, Robert W. and Jessup, John E.
U.S. Army Center of Military History 1979 Dewey Dec. 973

A collection of essays that discuss for the military student and others the nature of history, the importance of military history, and the applied study of military history. The volume includes bibliographical essays on military history, descriptive accounts of the historical organization of the U.S. Army and other parts of the Defense establishment, and discussions of the study of military history in foreign armies and in the academic world.

Old Times in the Colonies

Coffin, Charles Carleton
NY: Harper 1880 Dewey Dec. 973

36 popular stories from a many eras and locations, with dozens of well-drawn illustrations.

Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America

Volume 2

Cross, Gary S.
Thomson Gale 2004 Dewey Dec. 973

“This set offers a fascinating look at how Americans spend their free time and entertain themselves. A total of 271 essays present chiefly historical perspectives in the fields of American and cultural studies, sociology, recreation, sports, and leisure studies. Entries cover all facets of American leisure with topics ranging from auctions and blood sports to shopping malls and theme parks. Articles range in length between two and six pages and include brief bibliographies.”–“Reference that rocks,” -American Libraries. American history books online.

Encyclopedia of Women’s History in America

Cullen-DuPont, Kathryn
Facts on File 2000 Dewey Dec. 305.4

The Encyclopedia of Women’s History in America recounts in accurate detail the events, movements, court cases, documents and important figures that make up women’s history in America. From a biography of colonial poet Anne Bradstreet to a discussion of the “glass ceiling,” this engagingly written resource provides sound, reliable information on virtually every aspect of the experiences and achievements of women in the United States.
Over 500 entries comprise this authoritative and comprehensive encyclopedia, including: Phyllis Wheatley, Violence Against Women Act, contraception, Roe v. Wade, Susan B. Anthony, women in the military, year of the woman, Take Our Daughters to Work Day, Fire With Fire, and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

American Military History: A Selected Bibliography

Defense Technical Information Center
U.S. Army War College Library 2013 Dewey Dec. 973

“History is one of the curriculum themes at The U.S. Army War College. The purpose of this bibliography is to introduce some of the resources readily available in our Library’s collection on American Military History. It is not a comprehensive listing, but is intended to be a starting point from which students can begin research according to their specific needs.” -Preface. Free American history books.

Out of Our Past: The Forces that Shaped Modern America

Degler, Carl N.
Harper & Row 1984 Dewey Dec. 973

First published in 1959. “The original edition of this now classic work was hailed by Jacob Cohen in The Nation as “the finest one-volume interpretation of American history extant. For this third edition of ‘Out of Our Past’, Carl Degler has added a comprehensive new chapter on the historical development of American families, brought up to date the discussion of U.S. foreign policy, greatly expanded sections dealing with the place and history of women in our past, and made numerous changes throughout the text in light of scholarship published since the appearance of the 1970 Revised Edition.” -Publisher, 1984 edition.

“Carl Degler writes history with flair, and his spirited and readable topical history of the United States, ‘Out of Our Past’ (1959), has long been a favorite among college students and general readers. In 1972 another of his works, Neither Black nor White (1971), won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the Bancroft Prize and was co-winner of the Beveridge Prize.” -Bowker author biography

The Course of Empire

A history of three centuries in which a new race engulfed a continent

De Voto, Bernard Augustine
Houghton Mifflin 1962 Dewey Dec. 973

“Tracing North American Exploration from Balboa to Lewis and Clark, Devoto tells in a classic fashion how the drama of discovery defined the American nation. The Course of Empire is the third volume in historian Bernard Devoto’s monumental trilogy of the West. Entertaining and incisive, this is the dramatic story of three hundred years of exploration of North America leading up to 1805.” -Publisher

“Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a renowned scholar-historian of the American West and one of the country’s greatest men of letters.” – Bowker authors. American history books online.

History of the United States of America

Elson, Henry William
1923 Dewey Dec. 973

“A very successful attempt to present in a single volume for the general reader, an accurate and interesting narrative of the history of the United States, from the earliest times to the present day.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Contents 1. Christopher Columbus 2. The Indian 3. Explorations 4. Colonization – The Southern Colonies 5. Colonization – New England 6. New England Affairs 7. Colonization – The Middle Colonies 8. Colonial Wars 9. The French and Indian War 10. Colonial Life 11. The Revolution – Opening Events and Causes 12. The Revolution – War and Independence 13. The Revolution – From Saratoga to Monmouth 14. The Revolution – The Frontier, the Ocean, and the South 15. The Temporary Government 16. The Constitution 17. Twelve years of Federal Supremacy 18. Jefferson and the Democracy 19. The War of 1812 20. Dawn of National Consciousness 21. The Reign of Jackson 22. Rise of the Slavery Question 23. The Mexican War and the compromise of 1850 24. The Great Political Duel Between the North and the South Preceding the Civil War 25. An Ante-Bellum View 26. Drifting Toward Hostilities 27. Beginnings of the Great War 28. The Civil War – The First Year’s Conflict 29. The Civil War – War on a Grand Scale 30. The Civil War – the Great Final Double Movement 31. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction 32. Recuperating Years 33. Industrial Progress 34. War and Expansion 35. The Twentieth Century 36. Latest Industrial Progress and Inventions

The American Heritage Encyclopedia of American History

Faragher, John Mack
Holt 1998 Dewey Dec. 973

Nearly 3,000 entries. “Readers will find entries on the history of government, law, science, and education; on economic history, immigration, and the labor movement; on the history of the frontier, exploration, and warfare; on religion, art, literature and many forms of popular cultural expression. There are entries on community and urban history, family life, gender, and popular culture, as well as expansive coverage of ethnic history. Within these pages are biographical sketches of more than a thousand Americans, including hundreds of women, African Americans, and Indians, and far more than have ever been included in a one-volume encyclopedia of American history.” -Book’s Introduction. Free American history books, US history books online.

Basis of American History 1500-1900

Farrand, Livingston
NY: Harper & Brothers 1904 Dewey Dec. 970

Vol 2 in the series The American Nation: A History. Chapter headings:

1. General Physiography of North America (1500-1900)
2. Waterways, Portages, Trails, and Mountain-Passes (1500-1800)
3. Timber and Agricultural Products of North America (1500-1900)
4. Animal Life of North America (1500-1900)
5. Antiquity of Man in North America
6. Classification and Distribution of the American Indians (1500-1900)
7. The Eskimo and the North Pacific Indians (1500-1900)
8. Indians of the Northern Interior and of the Lower Pacific Coast (1800-1900)
9. The Indians of the Great Plains (1700-1900)
10. Northern Tribes of the Eastern Woodlands (1600-1900)
11. Southern Tribes of the Eastern Woodlands (1600-1900)
12. Indian Tribes of the Eastern Woodlands (1600-1900)
13. Social Organization of the Indians (1500-1900)
14. Indian Houses, House Life, and Food Quest (1500-1900)
15. Indian Industrial Life and Warfare (1500-1900)
16. Indian Religion, Mythology, and Art (1500-1900)
17. Character and Future of the Indians (1904)
18. Critical Essay on Authorities

The Development of the United States from Colonies to a World Power

Farrand, Max
1918 Dewey Dec. 973

“An interpretation of the most significant movements in American history showing how and why the United States has risen to a commanding position in the realm of industry and finance and become one of the leading powers of the world. Lays particular emphasis on the commercial, industrial and intellectual changes and the adjustments necessary to meet new conditions.” – Cleveland

Contents: 1. Colonization 2. Independence 3. The United States 4. The New Government 5. Liberal Government 6. The New America 7. Democracy 8. The Jacksonian Era 9. Manifest Destiny 10. Slavery and the Civil War 11. Reconstruction and Adjustment 12. The Growth of the West 13. A Nation at Work 14. Business and Politics 15. The Second Generation 16. The United States as a World Power. US history books online.

The Presidents from the Inauguration of George Washington to the Inauguration of Jimmy Carter: Historic Places Commemorating the Chief Executives of the United States

Ferris, Robert G., ed.
U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service 1977 Dewey Dec. 973

This is a volume in the series, “The National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings”. “This Bicentennial volume should not only enhance public knowledge of the careers and accomplishments of our Presidents, but also encourage visits by the citizenry to the many Park System areas and National Historic Landmarks commemorating them. These sites have been preserved by the dedicated efforts of historic preservationists across the land.” – Director of the National Park Service

Part I “The Presidents: Historical Background”; Part II “The Presidents: Biographical Sketches”; Part III “The Presidents: Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings”. About 65 sites are profiled. Generously illustrated.

The Path of Empire: A Chronicle of the United States as a World Power

Fish, Carl Russell
New Haven: Yale University 1919 Dewey Dec. 973

Vol 46 in the ‘Chronicles of America’ series.

Contents: The Monroe Doctrine – Controversies With Great Britain – Alaska And Its Problems – Blaine And Pan-Americanism – The United States And The Pacific – Venezuela – The Outbreak Of The War with Spain – Dewey And Manila Bay – The Blockade Of Cuba – The Preparation Of The Army – The Campaign Of – Santiago De Cuba – The Close Of The War – A Peace Which Meant War – The Open Door – The Panama Canal – Problems Of The Caribbean – World Relationships

The Atlas of American Migration

Flanders, Stephen A.
1998 Dewey Dec. 973

“Presenting all aspects of migration from the earliest Americans to the present, the Atlas of American Migration depicts how immigration and internal migration played a central role in American history. Weaving together a rich source of learning devices, including primary sources (personal narratives and diaries, and extracts from speeches, folk songs, treaties, and legislation), biographies, chronologies, and timelines, this atlas explores the migration of Native Americans, African Americans, Eastern Europeans, South Americans, and peoples of the Caribbean… This interdisciplinary atlas also discusses how the railroad, the steamship, and the station wagon influenced migration… A wealth of maps, photos, graphs, and charts complement the text and enable readers to envision the faces and places of American migration. – Publisher. Free American history books, US history books online.

Advanced American History

Forman, Samuel Eagle
1918 Dewey Dec. 973

“The book is not only an admirable text book for secondary schools, it is an excellent history for the general reader.” Boston Transcript

Contents: 1. A Glance at Europe in the Fifteenth Century 2. “The Finding of Strange Coasts” 3. Aboriginal America 4. The Gold-Hunters of Spain and the Fishermen of France 5. The Rise of England in the Sixteenth Century 6. The Coming of the English, The French and the Dutch 7. The Colonization of New England 8. The Expansion of Massachusetts: The Development of New England 9. The Old Dominion and its Neighbors 10. The Middle Colonies 11. The Colonies in 1700 12. A Half Century of Colonial Growth (1700-1750) 13. The Struggle for a Continent 14. Over the Mountains 15. Life in the Colonies During the Closing Years of the Colonial Period (1763-1783) 16. The Quarrel 17. Blows and separation 18. The Struggle and the Victory 19. A Critical Period (1783-1789) 20. Forming a More Perfect union 21. Setting the Federal Government in Motion 22. Setting the Federal Government in Motion, 1789-1801 (Continued) 23. A Survey of the New-Born Nation 24. The Struggle for Commercial Freedom (1801-1817) 25. The Struggle for Commercial Freedom (Continued) 26. The Westward Movement (1800-1820) 27. An Era of Good Feeling (1817-1825) 28. The Jacksonian Era (1825-1841) 29. The Jacksonian Era (Continued) 30. Progress Between 1820 and 1840 31. The Great Westward Extension 32. The Westward Movement in the Forties (1840-1850) 33. Slavery in the United States in 1850 34. Slavery an Overshadowing Issue; Party Reorganization 35. The Rise of the Republican Party (1854-1860) 36. Progress in the Fifties (1850-1860) 37. Secession and the Call to Arms 38. The Civil War 39. War Times North and South 40. The Work of Reconstruction 41. Eight Years of Troublous Times (1869-1877) 42. Eight Years of Wondrous Growth (1877-1885) 43. The Beginning of a New Industrial Era (1885-1897) 44. The United States as a World Power 45. A Progressive Era (1905-1914) 46. The Wilson Administration

Research Guide to American Literature: Colonial Literature, 1607-1776

Franklin, Benjamin V.
Brucccoli Clark Layman 2010 Dewey Dec. 973

One of a series of handbooks provides strategies for studying and writing about frequently taught literary topics, with each volume offering study guides, background information, suggestions for areas of research, and a list of secondary sources.

Contents: Boundaries of the period — Dominant genres and literary forms — Historical and social context — Literary influences — Evolution of critical opinion — Biography — Dissent — Drama — Essays and newspapers — Histories — Indians and captivity narratives — Poetry — Politics (Massachusetts) — Religion — Women authors — William Bradford, History of Plymouth plantation — Anne Bradstreet — Mather Byles — William Byrd II — Charles Chauncy — Benjamin Colman — Ebenezer Cook — John Cotton — John Dickinson — Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the hands of an angry God; A sermon preached at Enfield, July 8th, 1741; At a time of great awakenings; and Attended with remarkable impressions on many of the hearers — Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard, an almanac — Cotton Mather — Increase Mather — Richard Mather — Jonathan Mayher — Thomas Morton — Samson Occom, “S. Occom’s account of himself, written Sept. 17, 1768” — William Penn — Mary Rowlandson, The sovereignty & goodness of God, together, with the faithfulness of his promises displayed — Samuel Sewall — John Smith — Solomon Stoddard — Edward Taylor — Benjamin Tompson — John Trumbull — Nathaniel Ward — Mercy Otis Warren — Phillis Wheatley — Michael Wigglesworth, The day of doom, or, a description of the great and last judgment, with a short discourse about eternity — Roger Williams — John Winthrop — John Woolman

An Outline of United States History; for use in the General Course in United States History, Yale College

Gabriel, Ralph, Malone, Dumas and Manning, Frederick
1921 Dewey Dec. 973

Yale course of home study, based on The chronicles of America (Chronicles of America series Supplement v.) A guide to be used in connection with the Chronicles of America series. “This outline has been prepared for the use of the person who wishes to become familiar with the story of his country. It is intended to serve as a guide to enable him more clearly to trace the various phases in the development of the American people and to understand the relations of one phase to another.” – Preface

Contents: The American Environment -The Struggle for Empire, 1492-1763 -Colonial Civilization, Middle of Eighteenth Century -The Revolt of the British Colonies, 1763-1783 -The Genesis of the New Government, 1783-1801 -Laying the Foundations for Economic Independence and National Growth, 1801-1825 -The Jacksonian Era, 1825-1841 -Manifest Destiny and Conquest to the Pacific, 1841-1861 -The Controversy over Slavery, 1841-1861 -Civil War and Reconstruction -Analysis of Economic and Social Changes, 1865-1900 -Domestic and Foreign Politics, 1865-1900 -Economic and Social Changes, 1900-1920 -Domestic and Foreign Politics, 1900-1920

Chance Or Destiny: Turning Points In American History

Handlin, Oscar
Little, Brown 1955 Dewey Dec. 973

The book consists of eight dramatic stories of important events in American history with great consequences for the nation. The author analyzes each, with an emphasis on the element of luck in the outcome.

“Handlin, who is a consensus historian and a strong advocate of civil rights, has written extensively on urban history and immigration. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1952 for ‘The Uprooted’ (1951), his study of immigrants in the eastern cities of America written from the perspective of the immigrant.” -Bowker author bio

American History Leaflets; Colonial and Constitutional (Numbers 1-21)

– Numbers 22-36

Hart, Albert Bushnell and Channing, Edward, ed.
Lovell 1892-1910 Dewey Dec. 973

Each number contains one or more historical documents on a single topic. First volume:

1. “The Letter of Columbus to Luis de Sant Angel, Announcing his Discovery, with Extracts from his Journal”
2. “The Ostend Manifesto, 1854”
3. “Extracts from the Sagas Describing the Voyages to Vinland”
4. “Extracts from Official Declarations of the United States Embodying the Monroe Doctrine. 1789-1891”
5. “Extracts from the Treaty of Paris of 1763”
6. “Extracts from Official Papers Relating to the Bering Sea Controversy. 1790-1892”
7. “The Articles of Confederation of the United Colonies of New England. 1643-1684”
8. “Exact Text of the Constitution of the United States and the Accompanying Documents, 1787-1870”
9. “Documents Describing the Voyage of John Cabot in 1497”
10. “Governor McDuffie’s Message on the Slavery Question 1835”
11. “Jefferson’s Proposed Instructions to the Virginia Delegates, 1774, and the Original Draft of the Declaration of Independence, 1776”
12. “Ordinances of Secession and other Documents 1860-1861”
13. “Coronado’s Journey to New Mexico and the Great Plains, 1540-42, as described by the first European Visitors”
14. “Plans of Union 1696-1780”
15. “The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, with the Alien, Sedition, and other Acts, 1798-99”
16. “Documents Illustrating the Territorial Development of the United States, 1584-1774”
17. “Documents Relating to the Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854”
18. “Lincoln’s Inaugural and First Message to Congress”
19. “Extracts from the Navigation Acts, 1645-1696”
20. “The Exact Text of the Articles of Confederation with the Franklin and Dickinson Drafts”
21. “The Stamp Act 1765”

Second volume:
22 “Documents Illustrating State Land Claims and Cessions, 1776-1802
23. “Extracts from the Dred Scott Decision, 1857”
24. “Documents Relative to the Bank Controversy, 1816-1833”
25. “The Earliest New England Code of Laws, 1641
26. “Extracts from Lincoln’s State Papers”
27. “Captain John Smith’s True Relation, 1608”
28. “Proposals to Amend the Articles of Confederation 1781-1789”
29. “Extracts from Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation”
30. “Constitutional Doctrines of Webster, Haney and Calhoun”
31. “Extracts from John Winthrop’s History of New England”
32. “Documents Relating to Territorial Administration, chiefly from the original manuscripts 1778-1790”
33. “James Otis’s Speech on Writs of Assistance 1761”
34. “Extracts from Official Papers Relating to the Isthmian Canal 1515-1909”
35. “Report of the Hartford Convention”
36. “Jamestown, 1607, 1619”

American History Told by Contemporaries Vol 1

– Volume 2 – Volume 3 – Volume 4 – Volume 5

Hart, Albert Bushnell
1897-1901 Dewey Dec. 973

“The object of these volumes is to furnish a collection of sources for the study of American history . . . Few public documents are given, but rather extracts from diaries and contemporary narratives. The editor believes that by means of such material the reader will get a knowledge of the real life of the past and catch its true spirit. The selections will be of great service in furnishing illustrative material for teachers or for students who are reading modern authors. Each selection is preceded by a very short statement concerning the life of the author.” -Larned’s Literature of American History.

The American Nation, a History: From Original Sources by Associated Scholars (28 vols)

Hart, Albert Bushnell, ed.
1904-1918 Dewey Dec. 973

“[Most volumes are included individually in appropriate parts of Section 970.]
“The best comprehensive cooperative history written by specialists; a standard work; very valuable for collateral reading; mainly political and constitutional with some attention to economic and social history; contains notes, maps and extensive bibliographies.” – M. W. Jernegan

The Liberal Tradition in America: An Interpretation of American Political Thought since the Revolution

A new concept of a liberal community that relates American politics and political thought to the mainstream of Western history.

Hartz, Louis
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1991 Dewey Dec. 973

Originally published 1955. “An extremely able and original interpretation of the whole course of American history. It is brilliantly written and sprinkled with fresh and pointed quotations from the entire corpus of American and European political writings.” – American Historical Review

A Guide to the Sources of United States Military History

Higham, Robin, ed.
Archon 1975 Dewey Dec. 973

The authors of each of the 20 chapters were instructed to provide a section on general references, background surveys, and useful periodicals. Then survey broad literature and monographs. Then cover policy, strategy, tactics, planning, logistics and operations, as applicable. Essays should end with info on applicable archives, and suggestions for further research. -Summarized from editor’s note.

Contents: Introduction – European background of American military affairs – Colonial forces, 1607-1776 – American Revolution – From the Revolution to the Mexican War – Navy in the 19th C, 1789-1889 – Science & Tech in the 19th C – Mexican War and the Civil War – Civil-Military Relations, operations, and the Army, 1865-1917 – Science and Tech in the 20th C – WWI and the peacetime Army, 1917-1941 – Military and Naval medicine – Navy in the early 20th C, 1890-1941 – U.S. Army in WWII – U.S. Army Air Corps & U.S. Air Force – Dept. of Defense, Defense policy and diplomacy, 1945-1973 – Army, 1945-1973 -Navy, 1941-1973 – Museums as historical resources.

The American Political Tradition and the Men who Made It

Hofstadter, Richard
Knopf 1973 Dewey Dec. 973

“Professor of History at Columbia University from 1959 until the time of his death, Richard Hofstadter was one of the most influential historians in post–World War II America. His political, social, and intellectual histories raised serious questions about assumptions that had long been taken for granted and cast the American experience in an interesting new light. His 1948 work, The American Political Tradition, is an enduring classic study in political history.” -Bowker author bio
This volume contains 12 essays, 10 of which analyze political careers.

Contents: The founding fathers, an age of realism — Thomas Jefferson, the aristocrat as democrat — Andrew Jackson and the rise of liberal capitalism — John C. Calhoun, the Marx of the master class — Abraham Lincoln and the self-made myth — Wendell Phillips, the patrician as agitator — The spoilsmen, an age of cynicism — William Jennings Bryan, the democrat as revivalist — Theodore Roosevelt, the conservative as progressive — Woodrow Wilson, the conservative as liberal — Herbert Hoover and the crisis of American individualism — Franklin D. Roosevelt, the patrician as opportunist

The United States; The History of a Republic

Hofstadter, Richard et al.
Prentice-Hall 1957 Dewey Dec. 973

A textbook of American history for a survey course, covering the entire span from discovery to the 1950s.

“Professor of History at Columbia University from 1959 until the time of his death, Richard Hofstadter was one of the most influential historians in post–World War II America. His political, social, and intellectual histories raised serious questions about assumptions that had long been taken for granted and cast the American experience in an interesting new light. Free American history books.

The Greenwood Guide to American Popular Culture Vol 1

– Volume 2 – Volume 3 – Volume 4

Inge, M. Thomas; Hall, Dennis, eds.
Greenwood 2002 Dewey Dec. 973

“Serious study of popular culture is a fairly recent development, yet scholars in nearly all disciplines now engage with the material culture of the masses. Each essay-length chapter [50+ chapters per volume] covers a single form, genre, or theme of popular culture, such as comic books, computers, fashion, film, magazines, best-selling books, radio, sports, or TV. Features include: abundant illustrations, photo essays, chronological survey of each topic’s history, a critical essay…, description of research centers, collections and research materials, a comprehensive index.” Book cover.

Vol 1. ‘Almanacs through ‘Do-it-yourself’ — v. 2. ‘Editorial Cartoons’ through ‘Illustration’ — v. 3. ‘Jazz’ through ‘Propaganda’ — v. 4. ‘Pulps and Dime Novels’ through ‘Young Adult Fiction’.

Chronicles of America series

Johnson, Allen, ed.
1918-1924 Dewey Dec. 973

The complete set has 50 volumes, but not all volumes are available online. Some of the volumes have their own individual entries in appropriate parts of Section 970 of this website.
“These volumes are for the most part scholarly and at the same time written in an unusually interesting ‘story-telling’ manner.” – M. W. Jernegan

Atlas of American Wars

Kirk, John G.
Arch Cape 1986 Dewey Dec. 973

Charts the progress of all the major conflicts in which the United States has been involved, and describes the strategy and conduct of the major campaigns and battles.
Contents:— The French and Indian wars — The Revolutionary war — The Barbary wars — The War of 1812 — The fight for Texan independence — The Mexican war — The Civil war — The Indian wars — The Spanish-American war — World war I — World war II — The Korean war — The Vietnam war — Lebanon — Intervention in Grenada — Libya and terrorism

Sea power in American History; the Influence of the Navy and the Merchant Marine upon American Development

Krafft, Herman Frederick and Norris, Walter B.
1920 Dewey Dec. 973

“A clear presentation of the development of both the naval and the commercial branches of seapower and their effect on American history. There are chapters on John Paul Jones, Decatur, Porter, Farragut, and Mahan.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Contents: 1. British Sea Power Wins an Empire in America 2. The Defeat of British Sea Power Gives America Independence 3. Paul Jones, the Genius of Revolutionary Sea Power 4. The Rise of Commercial Sea Power in America During the Napoleonic Wars 5. American Naval Power Reborn 6. Sea Power Dominates the War of 1812 7. Sea Power on the Great Lakes 9. Lake Champlain the Decisive Theater of American Sea Power 10. Decatur the Popular Idol of Sea Power 11. David Porter – The Personification of Americanism at Sea 12. Sea Power Aids National Expansion 13. The Climax of American Achievement with Wood and Sail 14. Fulton and Ericsson in America Revolutionize the Sea Power of the World 15. The Blockade a Decisive Instrument of Sea Power in the Civil War 16. The Monitor Establishes Union Control of the Sea 17. Confederate Sea Power Strikes a Deadly Blow at the American Merchant Marine 18. Sea Power Splits the Confederacy in Two 19. Sea Power at Mobile Bay 20. David Glasgow Farragut 21. Mahan Revolutionizes the World’s Conception of Sea Power 22. Sea Power in the Pacific 23. Sea Power Makes the Panama Canal Possible 24. American Sea Power in the World War

Literature of American History; a Bibliographical Guide …

in which the Scope, Character, and Comparative Worth of Books in Selected Lists are Set Forth in Brief Notes by Critics of Authority

– Supplement

Larned, J. N., ed.
American Library Association 1902 Dewey Dec. 016.973

4,145 titles, closely classified under six main headings. Appendix: Books suggested for a good school library, for a town library, and for a good working library.
Supplement for 1900 and 1901. Nearly 200 entries. Notes generally condensed from reputable reviews, signed where practicable. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Above the Battle: War-Making in America from Appomattox to Versailles

Leonard, Thomas C.
Oxford University 1978 Dewey Dec. 973

Letters, battlefield reports, memoirs, and imaginative literature are among the sources providing the framework for a study of American military and civilian attitudes toward and conceptions of warfare between 1861 and 1918.

The Politics of Unreason: Right-wing Extremism in America, 1790-1975

Lipset, Seymour Martin and Earl Raab
Harper & Row 1970 Dewey Dec. 973

“Analyzes the role of right-wing extremist politics in American life from 1790 until the present … ranging from the Anti-Masonic Party, the Know-Nothings, and the American Protective Association … to the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society, the George Wallace campaigns of recent times, and assorted proto-fascist movements”–Back cover.

Seymour Martin Lipset (1922-2006) American political theorist and sociologist, taught at a number of top American universities and was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Free American history books.

Documentary Source Book of American History 1606-1898

MacDonald, William
1908 Dewey Dec. 973

187 primary source documents or excerpts of documents.

“A selection of the most necessary and useful documents from the author’s “Select charters,” “Select documents” and “Select statutes” with notes, designed for use in courses which cover both the colonial and the constitutional periods of American history.” – Standard Catalog 1929

The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History

Mankiller, Wilma P.
Houghton Mifflin 1998 Dewey Dec. 305.4

“The most inclusive book to date on U.S. women’s collective history! A landmark work, The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History, gathers together more than 400 articles to offer a diverse, rich, and often neglected panorama of the nation’s past. Written by more than 300 contributors, drawn from various areas of expertise, these narrative and interpretive entries “effectively cover five centuries of women’s experiences” (Bloomsbury Review). Here are articles on cowgirls and child care, on the daily lives of single women and the changing notions of motherhood, on the artistic contributions of women of color and the history of Jewish feminism. Wide-ranging in scope and wonderfully accessible, this unique resource reexamines with fresh clarity and brio the issues and concerns that color the lives of all women. Articles and their contributors include: African American Women, Darlene Clark Hine; Cult of Domesticity, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg; Fashion and Style, Lynn Yaeger; Jazz and Blues, Daphne Duval Harrison; Lesbians, Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy; Native American Cultures, Clara Sue Kidwell; Picture Brides, Judy Yung; Salem Witchcraft Trials, Mary Beth Norton; Vietnam Era, Sara M. Evans.” -Publisher

American Military History, Vol 1


Matloff, Maurice, ed.
Combined 1996 Dewey Dec. 973

“‘American Military History’ cuts to the heart of each war or military campaign in American history. Originally designed with future United States Army officers in mind, this is a true nuts and bolts approach to military history. Volume I of this landmark work offers a unique opportunity to learn the principles of war as seen by the current U.S. military leadership. The smaller campaigns and simpler world of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are utilized by the authors to go into greater depth on the principles of war followed or violated by American commanders during the early wars from the Revolution to the War with Spain. A fascinating introduction discusses in depth the nine principles of war currently recognized by the U.S. Army. This is history as few outside of professional military circles have seen it before.” -Book cover

American Military History

Matloff, Maurice
Office of the Chief of Military History, U.S. Army 1969 Dewey Dec. 973

Designed primarily to meet the U.S. Army need for a textbook for the senior ROTC American Military History course. It was a collaborative effort by a large number of military historians.

American Women’s History: A Student Companion

Matthews, Glenna
Oxford 2000 Dewey Dec. 305.4

An encyclopedia of American women’s history, this comprehensive reference book features in-depth articles on trends (e.g. birthrates, suburban growth), social movements (civil rights, feminism), ideas and concepts (domesticity, consciousness-raising), institutions (Children’s Bureau, women in Congress), organizations (Girl Scouts of America, League of Women Voters), events (American Revolution), issues (abortion, Equal Rights Amendment), key legal cases (Roe v Wade, Muller v Oregon), laws and constitutional amendments, documents and publications (Ramona, Declaration of Sentiments), ethnic and social groups (African American women, Latinas), overviews (women’s health, women in music and literature), and biographies of notable American women. This Companion is a perfect supplement to The Young Oxford History of Women in the United States. Free American history books.

The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History

Volume 2 Volume 3

Meinig, D.W.
Yale University 1986-1988 Dewey Dec. 973

Vol 1 – Atlantic America, 1492-1800; Vol 2 – Continental America, 1800-1867; Vol 3 – Transcontinental America, 1850-1915.

Meinig assesses the characteristics of regions and political territories and the relations among them, examining the dual roles played by geopolitics and ethnoculture in the shaping of the United States.
“Donald W. Meinig is the Maxwell Research Professor in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University. Over the past two decades, he has become one of the world’s most prolific and best historical geographers… Meinig’s work is critically praised for showcasing vividly the interrelationships between geography and history.” -Bowker author bio. Free American history books.

For the Common Defense

Millett, Allan Reed and Peter Maslowski
Free Press 1984 Dewey Dec. 973

Covers U.S. military institutions and policies from Colonial times to the present. Also discusses major military campaigns. “Should be of interest to anyone interested in American military history, from the days of colonial militias to those of Desert Storm.”

Contents: A dangerous New World, 1607-1689 — The colonial wars, 1689-1763 — The American revolution, 1763-1783 — Preserving the new republic’s independence, 1783-1815 — The armed forces and national expansion, 1815-1860 — The Civil War, 1861-1862 — The Civil War, 1863-1865 — From postwar demobilization toward great power status, 1865-1898 — The birth of an American empire, 1898-1902 — Building the military forces of a world power, 1899-1917 — The United States fights in the “war to end all wars,” 1917-1918 — Military policy between the two world wars, 1919-1939 — The United States and World War II : from the edge of defeat to the edge of victory, 1939-1943 — The United States and World War II : the road to victory, 1943-1945 — Cold War and hot war : the United States enters the age of nuclear deterrence and collective security, 1945-1953 — Waging Cold War : American defense policy for extended deterrence and containment, 1953-1965 — In dubious battle : the war for Vietnam and the erosion of American military power, 1961-1975 — Epilogue: The common defense in an age of uncertainty. Free American history books.

Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood

Mintz, Steven
Harvard Univ. 2004 Dewey Dec. 305.23

“Like Huck’s raft, the experience of American childhood has been both adventurous and terrifying. For more than three centuries, adults have agonized over raising children while children have followed their own paths to development and expression. Now, Steven Mintz gives us the first comprehensive history of American childhood encompassing both the child’s and the adult’s tumultuous early years of life. Underscoring diversity through time and across regions, Mintz traces the transformation of children from the sinful creatures perceived by Puritans to the productive workers of nineteenth-century farms and factories, from the cosseted cherubs of the Victorian era to the confident consumers of our own. He explores their role in revolutionary upheaval, westward expansion, industrial growth, wartime mobilization, and the modern welfare state. Revealing the harsh realities of children’s lives through history–the rigors of physical labor, the fear of chronic ailments, the heartbreak of premature death–he also acknowledges the freedom children once possessed to discover their world as well as themselves.” -Publisher

Contents: Children of the covenant — Red, white, and black in colonial America — Sons and daughters of liberty — Inventing the middle-class child — Growing up in bondage — Childhood battles of the Civil War — Laboring children — Save the child — Children under the magnifying glass — New to the promised land — Revolt of modern youth — Coming of age in the Great Depression — Mobilizing children for World War II — In pursuit of the perfect childhood — Youthquake — Parental panics and the reshaping of childhood — The unfinished century of the child.

A Concise History of the American Republic

Morison, Samuel Eliot, Commager, Henry Steele and Leuchtenburg, William Edward
Oxford Univ. 1983 Dewey Dec. 973

An abbreviated and revised edition of “The Growth of the American Republic”, first published in 1930. A good general history that deals with military, political, economic, social, literary and spiritual aspects of the nation’s development. Free American history books.

An American History

Muzzey, David Saville
Ginn 1920 Dewey Dec. 973

A textbook of American history, covering the entire span from discovery of the new world to the end of WW1. See the entry for Muzzey’s ‘Readings in American History’ on this page, which is a collection of primary documents designed to fit closely with the organization of this volume. Free American history books, U.S. history books online.

Readings in American History

Muzzey, David Saville
1921 Dewey Dec. 973

A primary source book with excerpts selected from “acts of Congress, decisions of courts, proclamations and messages of presidents, records of debates, party platforms, charters, pamphlets, memoirs, diaries, letters, plays, poems, etc. for the illustration of American history. Organized into 124 topics covering the full span of American history, the book often provides two or more types of sources per topic. The author designed this volume to closely complement his own textbook; ‘An American History’, which can be also found on this page.

Atlas of American History

Nash, Gary B.
2007 Dewey Dec. 973

“This full-color atlas spans the entire breadth of American history, from precolonial times to the present day. Vivid photographs, illustrations, and maps combine with graphs, charts, and boxed features to produce a lively, accessible reference… It is divided into 10 chronologically arranged sections and is designed in accordance with the National Standards for United States History. Completely comprehensive and relevant, “”Atlas of American History”” includes a final chapter describing key operations on the war on terror. Providing accessible, authoritative coverage, this atlas is the perfect complement to any study of American history.” -Syndetics

Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in America

Olson, James Stuart
Greenwood 2002 Dewey Dec. 973

“This ready-reference encyclopedia offers in-depth coverage of the economic, political, and social developments of the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. from 1750 to 1920. More than 200 substantial entries cover: key individuals, significant technologies, inventions, court cases, companies, political institutions, economic events, legislation. Highlights include numerous entries on developments in water and rail transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, mass production, the labor movement, big government, and the key inventions that changed the American economy.” Book cover.

American Foreign Policy, Vol 1

Volume 2

Paterson, Thomas G.
D.C. Heath 1988 Dewey Dec. 973

Undergraduate textbooks. Vol 1 covers up to 1914; Vol 2 covers the period since 1900. Free American history books.

The Last American Frontier

Paxson, Frederic Logan
MacMillan 1911 Dewey Dec. 973

“A history which is distinctive, readable, and comprehensive. It tells with spirit the stirring story of the frontier colonies, and records the changes brought about in national policies by the problems, economic and social, which required adjustment in their struggle for statehood. It covers the period from 1763 to 1893.” — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Contents: 1. The Westward Movement – 2. The Indian Frontier – 3. Iowa and the new Northwest – 4. The Santa Fe Trail – 5. The Oregon Trail – 6. Overland with the Mormons – 7. California and the Forty-niners – 8. Kansas and the Indian Frontier – 9. “Pike’s Peak or Bust!” – 10. From Arizona to Montana – 11. The Overland Mail – 12. The Engineers’ Frontier – 13. The union Pacific Railroad – 14. The Plains in the Civil War – 15. The Cheyenne War – 16. The Sioux War – 17. The Peace Commission and the Open Way – 18. Black Kettle’s Last Raid – 19. The First of the Railways 20. The New Indian Policy – 21. The Last Stand: Chief Joseph and Sitting Bull – 22. Letting in the Population – 23. Bibliographical Note

History of the New World called America

– Volume 2

Payne, Edward John
Oxford: Clarendon 1892 Dewey Dec. 970

The Rise of the West, 1754-1830

Philbrick, Francis S.
Harper & Row 1965 Dewey Dec. 973

The first in a series of volumes on the history of the West, called “The New American Nation” series. Its successor volume is ‘The Far Western Frontier, 1830-1860’, by Ray Billington, also available on this web page. In the first half of this volume the area considered as ‘The West’ was east of the Mississippi River. U.S. history books online.

Documents Illustrative of American History 1606-1863, with Introductions and References

Preston, Howard W.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons 1886 Dewey Dec. 973

Contains 32 historical documents, each with a short introduction explaining the context.

Contents: First Virginia charter. 1606.–Second Virginia charter. 1609.–Third Virginia charter. 1612.–Mayflower compact. 1620.–Ordinance for Virginia. 1621.–Massachusetts charter. 1629.–Maryland charter. 1632.–Fundamental orders of Connecticut. 1639.–New England confederation. 1643.–Connecticut charter. 1662.–Rhode Island charter. 1663.–Pennsylvania charter. 1681.–Penn’s plan of union. 1697.–Georgia charter. 1732.–Franklin’s plan of union. 1754.–Declaration of rights. 1765.–Declaration of rights. 1774.–Non-importation agreement. 1774.–Virginia bill of rights. 1776.–Declaration of Independence. 1776.–Articles of Confederation. 1777.–Treaty of peace. 1783.–Northwest ordinance. 1787.–Constitution. 1787.–Alien and sedition laws. 1798.–Virginia resolutions. 1798.–Kentucky resolutions. 1798.–Kentucky resolutions. 1799–Nullification ordinance. 1832.–Ordinance of secession. 1860.–South Carolina declaration of independence. 1860.

Handbook for Research in American History: a guide to bibliographies and other reference works

Prucha, Francis Paul
1987 Dewey Dec. 973

“an excellent tool for historians of all interests and levels of experience . . . simple to use, and concisely worded” (Western Historical Quarterly) and “an excellent work that fulfills its title in being portable yet well-filled” (Reference Reviews). The Journal of American History added, “It is not easy to produce a reference work that is utilitarian and enriching and does not duplicate existing works. Professor Prucha has done the job very well.”

Contents: Part One: — Libraries: Catalogs and guides — General bibliographies — Catalogs of books and imprints — Book review indexes — Guides to periodical literature — Manuscript guides — Guides to newspapers — Lists of dissertations and theses — Biographical guides — Oral history materials — Printed documents of the federal government — The National Archives — State and local materials — Guides to legal sources — Atlases, maps, and geographical guides — Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks — Databases.
Part Two: — Political history — Foreign affairs — Military history — Social history — Women — Blacks — American Indians — Education — Religion — Economic history — Science, technology, and medicine — Regional material — Travel accounts — Chronological periods. U.S. history books online.

Working in America: An Eyewitness History

Reef, Catherine
Facts on File 2000 Dewey Dec. 305

“Traces the history of labor in the United States, discussing how the work force was affected by slavery, Western expansion, war, the civil rights movement, and other key events in American history.
Eyewitness History is an interdisciplinary and multicultural series that reveals how significant events were seen and interpreted by people from all levels of society. Excerpts from primary sources — memoirs, diaries, letters, newspapers, speeches, advertisements, and more — provide a wide range of viewpoints and enhance a compelling narrative, prompting students to develop the critical-thinking skills that allow them to construct their own opinions about the people and their times.
” -Publisher.

Contents: The yeoman farmer: 1783-1900 — The role of enslaved workers: 1619-1865 — The factory system emerges: 1733-1865 — Building a transportation network: 1794-1900 — The mining frontier: 1719-1900 — Industry in the Gilded Age: 1870-1914 — Labor organizes: 1788-1918 — The cowboy: 1840-1886 — The movement to end child labor: 1875-1924 — The Great Depression: 1929-1941 — The labor movement in growth and decline: 1917-1999 — African Americans seek equality in the workplace: 1865-1996 — The changing role of women: 1776-1999 — The American worker faces the future: 1946-1999 — Appendix A: Documents — Appendix B: Biographies of major personalities — Appendix C: Maps

History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 to the End of the Roosevelt Administration vol 1

– Volume 2 – Volume 3 – Volume 4 – Volume 5

– Volume 6 – Volume 7 – Volume 8 – Volume 9

Rhodes, James Ford
NY: Harper 1893-1928 Dewey Dec. 973.6

Vol 1. 1850-1854; Vol 2. 1854-1860; Vol 3. 1860-1862; Vol 4. 1862-1864; Vol 5. 1864-1866
Vol 6. 1866-1877; Vol 7. 1872-1877; Vol 8. 1877-1896; Vol 9. 1896-1909

James Ford Rhodes (1848-1927) was the son of a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland, who went to work for his father’s firm long enough to make a quick fortune, and retired from business in 1885 to devote the rest of his life to historical research and writing. This 8-volume history was his principal achievement, although his one-volume “History of the Civil War, 1861-1865” (1917) won a Pulitzer Prize.

Encyclopedia of American Agricultural History

Schapsmeier, Edward L. and Schapsmeier, Frederick H.
Greenwood 1975 Dewey Dec. 973

This one-volume encyclopedia contains mostly short entries; averaging about 4 to 8 entries per page over 400 pages. Many entries are only loosely related to agriculture. 50+ ‘special indexes’ in the back of the book, arranged according to topic, seem especially useful.

Contents: – User’s guide — Introduction — Entries — Special indexes. Abolitionists — Agencies and commissions — Agricultural education — Agricultural historians — Agricultural research — Agriculturalists — Almanacs — Animals — Artists — Colonial leaders — Colonies and territories — Commissioners of agriculture — Commodity exchanges — Conservation — Crops and commodities — Ecology — Economic issues — Editors and publishers — Equipment and implements — Explorers and frontiersmen — Farm leaders — Farming — Food — Horticulture — Ideologies and beliefs — Immigration — Indians — Inventors — Journals and Papers — Legislation — Music — Naturalists — Organizations — Pests, diseases, and chemicals — Pioneer and rural life — Political figures — Political movements — Political parties — Presidents — Proposals and programs — Public lands — Ranching — Regions — Religion — Rural revolts — Science and technology — Secretaries of agriculture — Slavery — Stamps — Supreme Court decisions — Tariffs and trade — Terms — Transportation — Utopian societies — Writers — General index. Free American history books, U.S. history books online.

The Cycles of American History

Schlesinger, Arthur M.
Houghton Mifflin 1986 Dewey Dec. 973

“Each of the 14 essays that make up the book offers a fresh, demanding, and lively argument about important issues in American intellectual, political, or diplomatic history.” Choice.

Contents: The theory of America : experiment or destiny? — The cycles of American politics — Foreign policy and the American character — National interests and moral absolutes — Human rights and the American tradition — The Solzhenitsyn challenge — America and empire — Why the Cold War? — Affirmative government and the American economy — The short happy life of American political parties — After the imperial presidency — The future of the Vice Presidency — Vicissitudes of presidential reputations — Democracy and leadership. American history books online.

New Viewpoints in American History

Schlesinger, Arthur Meier
1922 Dewey Dec. 973

“Essays showing the influence on American history of certain factors, including immigration, economic trends, radicalism and conservatism, the role of women, and states’ rights.” — A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Contents: 1. The Influence of Immigration on American History
2. Geographic Factors in American Development
3. Economic Influences in American History
4. The Decline of Aristocracy in America
5. Radicalism and Conservatism in American History
6. The Role of Women in American History
7. The American Revolution
8. Economic Aspects of the Movement for the Constitution
9. The Significance of Jacksonian Democracy
10. The State Rights Fetish
11. The Foundations of the Modern Era
12. The Riddle of the Parties

Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History

Shenkman, Richard
Morrow 1988 Dewey Dec. 973

“From the Founding Fathers to the Reagan presidency, heretofore undisputed facts are exposed as fiction. Misquotes, misinterpretations, and downright fabrications are all duly recorded in an amusing and illuminating fashion.” Booklist. American history books online.

Outline of U.S. History

Bureau of International Information Programs
U.S. Dept of State 2011 Dewey Dec. 973

A U.S. Department of State publication. Originally produced in 1950, this edition was a complete revision and update in 2005 by Professor Alonzo L. Hanby of Ohio University. Chapter 16 was added in 2010-11.

The Rising American Empire

Van Alstyne, Richard W.
Norton 1974 Dewey Dec. 973

Examines the origins, emergence, growth, and peculiar characteristics of the United States as a national state whose policies and goals have been, from the beginning, those of an empire.

Contents: Introduction. The concept of an American empire — Independence and the alliance with France, 1775-1778 — The French alliance : marriage and divorce, 1778-1800 — The birth of the American leviathan, 1789-1823 — Manifest destiny and empire, 1820-1870 — Empire of commerce and religion in the Pacific — The thrust into the Carribean, 1848-1917 — The lure of East Asia — Apotheosis. American history books online.

Manifest Destiny; A Study of Nationalist Expansionism in American History

Weinberg, Albert Katz
Quadrangle Books 1963 Dewey Dec. 973

The author “has painstakingly collected and dissected the arguments employed by American leaders to justify such annexations, beginning with Louisiana and Florida, and ending with the acquisitions growing out of the Spanish War. The object of his quest has been an understanding of the motives which have prompted the territorial growth of the United States.” -NY Times

“A clear, dispassionate light on recurring crises in American history. The book should be required reading for imperialists everywhere.” -Christian Science Monitor. Free American history books.

The History of American Wars from 1745 to 1918

Williams, T. Harry
Louisiana State University 1985 Dewey Dec. 973

“Traces American involvement in war through nearly two centuries – from the French and Indian War, the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War to World War I. It is an authoritative record of the significance of war in the history of the United States, a final testament to the comprehensive vision of one of this century’s most esteemed historical scholars.” -Syndetics. American history books online, free American history.