Ap us history reading list

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1877 TO Present
Allen, Frederick Only Yesterday

Allen, Frederick Since Yesterday

Ambrose, Stephen Band of Brothers

Ambrose, Stephen D-day

Ambrose, Stephen Nothing Like it in the World: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

Ambrose, Stephen The Victor

Beals, Melba Pattillo Warriors Don’t Cry

Bell, Thomas Out of This Furnace: A Novel of Immigrant Labor in America

Brown, Dee Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Caputo, Philip A Rumor of War

Cather, Willa My Antonia

Chafe, William A History of Our Time

DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folks

Griffin, John Howard Black Like Me

Hemingway, Ernest For Whom The Bell Tolls

Herring, George America’s Longest War, The United States in Vietnam

Hersey, John Hiroshima

Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes were Watching God

Larson, Eric Devil in the White City

Leckie, Robert Delivered From Evil

Lewis, Sinclair Elmer Gantry

McCullough, David Brave Companions

McCullough, David Johnstown Flood

McCullough, David Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914

McCullough, David The Great Bridge

McCullough, David Truman

McElvaine, Robert The Great Depression

Military Frontier

Morris, Edmund Theodore Rex

Riis, Jacob How the Other Half Lives

Royster, Jacqueline Jones Southern Horrors and other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida Wells, 1892-1900

Shute, Nevil On the Beach

Sinclair, Upton The Jungle

Sitkoff, Harvard The Struggle for Black Equality

Steinbeck, John Grapes of Wrath

Terkels, Studs Hard Times

Trumbo, Dalton Johnny Got his Gun

Utley Robert Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western

Warren, Robert Penn All the King’s Men

Woodward C. Vann The Strange Career of Jim Crow

Worster, Donald Dust Bowl

Wouk, Herman War and Remembrance

Wouk, Herman Winds of War


The book critique should be written in standard essay form, be about 3 pages in length, font size 12, Times New Roman, have a cover page and use proper grammar. I may decide to share your critiques with your classmates for their enlightenment. Contents must include:

  1. The Story 20 pts

What is the story, in brief? Do not spend too much time on this topic
2. Background of book 20 pts

3. Background of the author 20 pts.

  • Who is the person writing the book?

  • Why did the author choose to write the book

  • Is there a definite viewpoint or bias expressed?

  • If the book is a fictional account, does it cover an historical event, a true story, an eyewitness or autobiographical account, a work of fiction based on general/historical information.

  • If the book is non fiction, how does the author present the event or time period

4. Application 20 pts.

  • What do you think can be learned in terms of U.S. History and the culture of this nation?

  • Was it written in the time period of which it deals with?

5. Evaluation 20 pts.

  • What parts of the book or quotation from the book will be indelibly etched on your mind?

  • What human connections did the book help to make for you with other places and peoples, and other times?

  • What makes this story part of history in the U.S.? What makes it a classic?

Each of the above questions should be discussed in at least a paragraph. Try not to be vague. Use specific parts of the book to explain your points and give a complete, specific and detailed picture of the historical context. In other words, don’t just say “Western US during the 1800s. Give definite dates, places, people, and events.

Due date: Fifth week of each six weeks. No late assignments accepted

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