Recommended Reading List for M. A. and Ph. D. Candidates in American History (updated fall 2014) Early America

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Recommended Reading List for M.A. and Ph.D. Candidates in American History (updated fall 2014)

Early America

 Joyce Appleby, Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000)
Julianna Barr, Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007)
Ira Berlin, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998)
Patricia Bonomi, Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986)
T.H. Breen, The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
Christine Heyrman, Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997)
Drew McCoy, The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1980)
Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1975)
Jennifer Morgan, Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
Philip Morgan, Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998)
William Pierson, Black Yankees: The Development of an Afro American Subculture in Eighteenth-Century New England (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988)
Jack Rakove, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (New York: Vintage Books, 1996)
David Weber, The Spanish Frontier in North America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992)
Richard White, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)


Gordon S. Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (New York: Vintage Books, 1993)


Rosemarie Zagarri, Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007)


Nineteenth Century
 Edward Ayers, The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992, 2007)
Sven Beckert, The Monied Metropolis: New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie 1850-1896 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)
William Cronon, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992)
Brian DeLay, War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008)
Richard Ellis, The Union at Risk: Jacksonian Democracy, States' Rights, and the Nullification Crisis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)
Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1988)
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women in the Old South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988)
Eugene Genovese, Roll Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made (New York: Pantheon, 1974)
Allen C. Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln, Redeemer President (Cambridge: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1999)
Nathan Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989)
Thomas Hietala, Manifest Design: Anxious Aggrandizement in Jacksonian America (New York: Cornell University Press, 1985)
Anne Hyde, Empires, Nations, and Families: a new History of the North American West, 1800-1860 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011)
Nancy Isenberg, Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999)
Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (New Haven: Harvard University Press, 1999)
Lawrence Levine, Black Culture and Consciousness: Afro American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977, 2007)
Leon Litwack, Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998)
David Potter, The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 (New York: Harper Perennial, 1976)
Kenneth Stampp, America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990)
Harry Watson, Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America (New York: Hill and Wang, 1990, 2006)


Elliott West, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998)


Deborah Gray White, Ar’nt I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1985, 1999)


Twentieth Century
Katherine Benton-Cohen, Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011)
Taylor Branch, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65 (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998)
Mark Brilliant, The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
Margo Canaday, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011)
Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, 2008)
Patricia Collins, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (London: Routledge Press, 2000)
Nancy Cott, The Grounding of Modern Feminism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987)
Robert Dallek, Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995)
Lynn Dumenil, The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s (New York: Hill and Wang, 1995)
John Gaddis, Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy during the Cold War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982, 2005)
Kevin Gaines, Uplifting the Race:  Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in the Twentieth Century (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996)
Maria Cristina GarciaHavana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, 1959-1994 (Oakland: University of California Press, 1997)
Glenda Gilmore, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996)
 Ruth Gilmore, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (Oakland: University of California Press, 2007)
Linda Gordon, Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994)
Peniel Joseph, Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of the Black Power Movement (New York: Owl Books, 2006)
Robin D.G. Kelley, Race Rebels:  Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class (New York: The Free Press, 1994, 1996)
David Kennedy, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)
Erika Lee, At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003)
William Link, The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992)


George Marsden, Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925 (Oxford: Oxford University press, 2006)

Khalil Muhammad, Condemnation of Blackness:  Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010)
Mae Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004)
David Oshinsky, "Worse than Slavery":  Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996)
Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
Mary Renda, Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001)
George Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)
Thomas Sugrue, Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996, 2005) 

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