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AP United States History

Book List


The following is a list of required books for book reviews and recommended books for preparation for the AP United States History exam. Some of these books may be found at the library media center and the rest can be found in the Erie County Library system or through Mr. Stonebraker.
Colonial History
Miller, Perry. Errand into the Wilderness

Baltzell, E. Digby. Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia

Demos, John. A Little Commonwealth

Erickson, Kai. Wayward Puritans

Boorstin, Daniel. The Americans—The Colonial Experience

Morgan, Edmund. The Puritan Dilemma

Morgan, Edmund. American Slavery, American Freedom

Hofstadter, Richard. America at 1750

Nash, Gary. Red, White, and Black
Revolution
Langguth, A.J. Patriots

Norton, Marybeth. Liberty’s Daughters

Wood, Gordon. The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Locke, John. The Second Treatise on Government

Bailyn, Bernard. Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

Bailyn, Bernard. To Begin the World Anew

Draper, Theodore. A Struggle for Power

Amherst Series. The Causes of the American Revolution

J. Franklin Jameson. The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement

Moris, Richard. The American Revolution Reconsidered

Flexner, J.T. Washington: The Indispensable Man

Becker, Carl. The Declaration of Independence

Wills, Gary. Inventing America

Ellis, Joseph. Founding Brothers


The Constitution and Early Republic
Jensen, Merill. The New Nation

Hamilton, Madison, Jay. The Federalist Papers (10, 14, 23, 37, 39, 46, 47, 48, 51, 62, 63, 67, 68)

Wills, Gary. Explaining America

Wills, Gary. Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment

Ellis, Joseph. His Excellency: George Washington

Bowen, Catherine. Miracle at Philadelphia

Beard, Charles. An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution

Wood, Gordon. The Creation of the American Republic

Storing, Herbert. What the Anti-Federalists Were For

Padover, Paul. The Living U.S. Constitution


Nineteenth Century to Mid-Century
Commanger, Henry. Jefferson, Nationalism, and the Enlightenment

Padover, Saul (ed.). Jefferson on Democracy

Padover, Saul. Jefferson

Brodie, Fawn. Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate Portrait

Smelser, Marshall. The Democratic Republic

Rossiter, Clinton. Alexander Hamilton and the Constitution

Bowers, C.G. Jefferson and Hamilton

Truner, Frederick Jackson. The Frontier in American History

Smith, Henry Nash. Virgin Land

Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden

Lewis, R.W.B. The American Adam

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America

Ward, John William. Andrew Jackson: Symbol of an Age

Schlesinger, Arthur. The Age of Jackson (abridged edition)

Rogin, M.P. Fathers and Children: Andrew Jackson and the Subjugation of the American Indian

Benson, Lee. The Concept of Jacksonian Democracy

Pessen, Edward. Jacksonian America

Drinnon, Richard. Facing West: The Metaphysis of Indian Hating

Berkhofer, Robert. The White Man’s Indian

Perkins, Dexter. A History of the Monroe Doctrine

VanAlstyne, Richard. The Rising American Empire

Weinberg, Michael. Manifest Destiny


Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction
Oates, Stephen. The Approaching Fury

Osofsky, Gilbert (ed.) Putting on Ole Massa

Genovese, E. The World the Slaveholders Made

Genovese, E. Roll, Jordan, Roll

Davis, David. The Problem of Slavery in Western Civilization

Davis, David. The Problem of Slavery in and Age of Revolution

McPherson, James. The Battle Cry of Freedom

McPherson, James. Drawn with the Sword

Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: The Unfinished Revolution

Stampp, Kenneth. The Peculiar Institution

Stampp, Kenneth. The Era of Reconstruction: 1865-1877

Elkins, Stanley. Slavery

Jordan, Winhtrop. White over Black

Foner, Eric. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men

Potter, David. The Impending Crisis (1848-1861)

Thomas, Benjamin. Abraham Lincoln

Donald, David. Lincoln

Oates, Stephen. With Malice Towards None

Oates, Stephen. Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths

Current, Richard. The Lincoln Nobody Knows

Catton, Bruce. The American Heritage Short History of the Civil War

Wills, Gary. Lincoln at Gettysburg

Dubois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk

Woodward, C. Vann. Rise of the New South

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

Sinkler, George. The Racial Attitudes of American Presidents

Jones, Jacqueline. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow

Vorenberg, Michael. Final Freedom

Morris, Thomas. Southern Slavery and the Law
The Industrial Age (1865-1914)
Schlereth, Thomas. Victorian America

Josephson, Matthew. The Robber Barons

Twain, Mark and Warner, Charles Dudley. The Gilded Age

Plunkitt, George Washington. Plunkitt of Tammany Hall

Garraty, John. Labor and Capital of the Gilded Age

Kolko, Gabriel. The Triumph of Conservatism

Schlessinger, Arthur. The Rise of the City: 1878-1898

Riis, Jacob. How the Other Half Lives

Handin, Oscar. The Uprooted

Wiebe, Robert. The Search for Order (1877-1920)

Painter, Nell. Standing at Armageddon

Griffith, Elisabeth. In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Sanger, Margaret. Autobiography

Ginger, Ray. Altgeld’s America

Hicks, J.D. The Populist Revolt

Woodward, C. Vann. Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel

Steffens, Lincoln. The Shame of Cities

Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward

Salvatore, Nick. Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Radical

Serrin, William. Homestead

Thomas, John. Alternative America

Thernstorm, Stephan. Poverty and Progress

Green, James. The World of the Worker

Brooks, Thomas. Toil and Trouble

McGraw, Thomas. Prophets of Regulation

Hays, Samuel. A Response to Industrialism




Foreign Policy 1898 to 1945
McCullough, David. The Path Between the Seas

LeFeber, Walter. The New Empire

Pratt, J.W. Expansionists of 1898

Bailey, Thomas. Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace

Feis, Herbert. The Road to Pearl Harbor

Feis, Herbert. Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin

Dallek, Robert. Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy

Kennan, George. Russia and the West Under Lenin and Stalin


Progressivism
Cooper, J.M. The Warrior and the Priest

Cooper, J.M. Pivotal Decades

Aaron, Daniel. Men of Good Hope

Goldman, Eric. Rendezvous with Destiny

Swados, Harvey, ed. Years of Conscience: The Muckrakers

Pringle, Henry. Theodore Roosevelt

Blum, John. The Republican Roosevelt

Morris, Edmund. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Morris, Edmund. Theodore Rex

Chace, James. 1912

Kellie, Luna. A Prairie Populist

White, Richard. It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own

Limerick, Patricia. The Legacy of Conquest
The 1920s and 1930s
Handlin, Oscar. Al Smith and His America

Murray, Robert. The Red Scare

Roth, Henry. Call it Sleep

Farrell, James. Studs Lonigan

Turkel, Studs. Hard Times

Steinbeck, John. In Dubious Battle

Galbraith, J.K. The Great Crash

Bernstein, Irving. The Lean Years

Bernstein, Irving. The Turbulent Years

Lekachman, Robert. The Age of Keynes

Brinkley, Alan. Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin and the Great Depression

McElvaine, Robert. Down and Out in the Great Depression

McElvaine, Robert. The Great Depression 1929-1941

Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. The Crisis of the Old Order

Freidel, Frank. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny

Leuchtenberg, William. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal

Leuchtenberg, William. In the Shadow of FDR

Kennedy, David. Freedom from Fear

Hingham, John. Strangers in the Land
World War II
Blum, J.M. V was for Victory

Blum, J.M. Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom

Fussell, Paul. Wartime

Lingeman, Richard. Don’t You Know there’s a War On?

Turkel, Studs. The Good War

Dower, John. War Without Mercy

Brokaw, Tom. The Greatest Generation
Cold War (1945-1970’s)
Ambrose, Stephen. Rise to Globalism

Mee, Charles. Meeting at Potsdam

Alpervitz, Gar. Atomic Diplomacy

Williams, William. The Tragedy of American Diplomacy

LeFeber, Walter. America, Russia and the Cold War 1945-1966

Lukacs, John. A New History of the Cold War

Oshinski, David. A Conspiracy so Immense

Rovere, Richard. Senator Joe McCarthy

Halberstam, David. The Best and the Brightest

Fitzgerald, Frances. Fire in the Lake

Herring, George. America’s Longest War

Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History

LaFeber, Walter. Inevitable Revolutions: The U.S. in Central America
Modern Issues (1960s-1990s)
Johnson, Paul. Modern Times

Caro, Robert. Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate

Caro, Robert. The Power Broker

Dallek, Robert. Lyndon Johnson: Flawed Giant

Lewis, Anthony. Portrait of a Decade

Sowell, Thomas. Ethnic America

Kluger, Richard. Simple Justice

Harrington, Michael. The Other America

Morris, Charles. A Time of Passion

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique

Wills, Gary. Reagan’s America

Morris, Edmund. Dutch

Thurow, Lester. The Zero-Sum Society

Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters

Branch, Taylor. Pillar of Fire

Reeves, Richard. President Nixon



Scott, Peter. Deep Politics and the Death of JFK

The Autobiography of Malcolm X


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