Ap u. S. History Summer Reading Assignment Step One: Read Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Step Two



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AP U.S. History Summer Reading Assignment

Step One: Read Devil in the White City by Erik Larson



Step Two: Highlight/annotate/keep notes – whatever system works for you. You will be expected to refer to passages in the text during class discussion.

Step Three: Be prepared to participate in a Socratic seminar on the first day of class. The discussion will focus on what this story of the Chicago World’s Fair tells us about the themes and development of the United States.

Step Four: If you are so inclined, read a book or two from the list below. There is absolutely no expectation of you doing this. It is completely optional. If you have a particular area of U.S. history with which you are fascinated, pick a book on that topic and enjoy! If there is a particular area with which you are completely unfamiliar, maybe pick a book on that topic and learn. Or, just come prepared on the first day of class ready to be an engaged APUSH student. See you then.

Any questions? Email Ms. Caldwell at caldwellc@siskorea.org.

Have a wonderful summer!

AP US History Recommended (NOT REQUIRED AT ALL) Reading Ideas

*The first unit of the year is colonial America, so if you’re looking to get a head start, American Colonies: The Settling of North America by Alan Taylor is your best bet.

Fiction/

Non-Fiction

Title

Author

Subject

F

All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Remarque

WW I

F

An American Tragedy

Theodore Dreiser

Social Issues

F

Bean Trees

Barbara Kingslover

Immigration

F

Beloved

Toni Morrison

Slavery

F

Black Like Me

John Howard Griffin

Civil Rights

F

Catch-22

Joseph Heller

WW II

F

Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

Post WW II Society

F

Chicano

Richard Vasquez

Race

F

Cold Mountain

Charles Frazier

Civil War

F

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller

Post WW II Society

F

Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin

Race/Depression

F

Gone With the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

Civil War

F

If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home

Tim O’Brien

Vietnam War

F

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote

Culture

F

Joy Luck Club

Amy Tam

WW II/Women/Race

F

Killer Angels

Michael Shaara

Civil War

F

Last of the Mohicans

James Fenimore Cooper

French & Indian War

F

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Women/Civil War

F

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

Stephen Crane

Industrial Revolution

F

Moby Dick

Herman Melville

Race/Religion

F

Native Son

Richard Wright

Social Issues/Race/Depression

F

On The Road

Jack Kerouac

1960s Counter Culture

F

Roots

Alex Haley

Slavery

F

Sister Carrie

Theodore Dreiser

American Dream/Women

F

Slaughterhouse Five

Kurt Vonnegut

Social Issues/Anti-War

F

Streetcar named Desire

Tennessee Williams

Post WW II Society

F

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Culture/Race

F

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

Women

F

The Cider House Rules

John Irving

Social Issues/Abortion

F

The Crucible

Arthur Miller

Religion/Communism

F

The Feminine Mystique

Betty Friedan

Women’s Movement

F

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

Depression

F

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Culture (1920’s)

F

The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammet

Prohibition

F

The Natural

Bernard Malamud

Culture (baseball)

F

The Quiet American

Graham Greene

Anti-War

F

The Red Badge of Courage

Stephen Crane

Civil war

F

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Religion/Colonial America

F

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

Reconstruction Era

F

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

Post WWI

F

The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

Vietnam War

F

The Ugly American

Eugene Burdick & William Lederer

Communism

F

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Pre-Civil War

N

1776

David McCullough

American Revolution

N

A Magnificent Catastrophe

Edward J. Larson

Election of 1800

N

A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present

Howard Zinn

General

N

Ain’t I Woman?

Sojourner Truth

Early Women’s Movement

N

Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

Early United States

N

All the President’s Men

Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward

Watergate

N

America, Russia, and the Cold War 1945-2002

Walter LeFeber

The Cold War

N

Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age

John Ward

Presidents

N

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

J.W. Brands

Presidents

N

Assassination Vacation

Sarah Vowell

Presidents/Culture

N

Autobiography of Fredrick Douglas

Fredrick Douglas

Slavery/Post-Slavery

N

Band of Brother

Stephen E. Ambrose

WW II

N

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

Dee Brown

Native Americans

N

Complicity – How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery

Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jennifer Frank

Slavery

N

Crisis of a House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates




Pre-Civil War; Lincoln

N

Duel: Alexander Hamilton Aaron Burr, and the Future of America

Thomas Fleming

Early United States

N

Feminine Mystique

Betty Friedan

Women’s Movement

N

Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation

Joseph Ellis

American Revolution

N

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised our Nation

Cokie Roberts

American Revolution

N

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal

William E. Leuchtenberg

Great Depression/Presidents

N

George Washington: The Founding Father

Paul Johnson

American Revolution/Presidents

N

Gods and Generals

Jeff Shaara

Civil War

N

Grant

Jean Edward Smith

Civil War/Presidents

N

Hiroshima

John Hershey

World War II

N

His Excellency: George Washington

Joseph J. Ellis

Presidents

N

How Democratic is the American Constitution?

Robert A. Dahl

Government

N

How the Other Half Lives

Jacob Riis

Progressive Era

N

In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson

Noble E. Cunningham

Early America/Presidents

N

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs

Slavery

N

James Madison: A Biography

Ralph Louis Ketcham

Early United States

N

John Adams

David McCullough

Presidents

N

Lincoln

David Herbert Donald

Presidents

N

Lyndon Johnson’s War: America’s Cold War Crusade in Vietnam

Michael Hunt

Vietnam

N

Making of the Atomic Bomb

Richard Rhodes

War

N

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

James L. Swanson

Presidents

N

Marbury v. Madison: The Origins and Legacy of Judicial Review

William Nelson

Supreme Court

N

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Nathaniel Philbrick

Colonial America

N

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

Doris Kerns Goodwin

World War II

N

Only Yesterday

Fredrick Allen

Culture (1920’s)

N

Ordeal By Hunger

George Stewart

Westward Expansion Donner Party

N

Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-63

Taylor Branch

Civil Rights

N

Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution

A. J. Langguth

American Revolution

N

Profiles in Courage

John F. Kennedy

Biography

N

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Environment

N

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidents

N

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

American Revolution/Early U.S.

N

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X & Alex Haley

Civil Rights

N

The Bedford Boys

Alex Kershaw

WW II

N

The Bully Pulpit

Doris Kerns Goodwin

T. Roosevelt and Taft

N

The Color of Water

James McBride

Culture/Race/Religion

N

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Eric Larson

Culture (Chicago World’s Fair)

N

The Emergence of the Nation: 1763-1815

John C. Miller

American Revolution/Early United States

N

The Genesis of Industrial America, 1870-1920

Maury Klein

Industrialization

N

The Greatest Generation

Tom Brokaw

Post WWII

N

The History of Women in America

Carol Hymowitz and Michaele Weissman

Women

N

The Jungle

Upton Sinclair

Progressive Era/Urbanization

N

The Killer Angels

Michael Shaara

Civil War

N

The Path Between the Seas

David McCullough

Panama Canal

N

The Right Stuff

Tom Wolfe

Culture (Space Exploration)

N

The Sixties – Years of Hope, Days of Rage

Todd Gitlin

1960s

N

The Trail of Tears: The Story of the American Indian Removals

Gloria Jahoda

Trail of Tears

N

The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945

Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns

World War II

N

The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945

Lucy Dawidowicz

Holocaust

N

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Timothy Egan

Great Depression

N

Theodore Rex

E. Morris

Presdients

N

This Hallowed Ground

Bruce Catton

Civil War

N

Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History

Fawn Brodie

Presidents

N

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Slavery

N

Undaunted Courage

Stephen E. Ambrose

Westward Expansion

N

Up From Slavery

Booker T. Washington

Race

N

Warriors Don’t Cry:  a Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High

Melba Pattillo Beals

Civil Rights


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