Book Reading List


  DISCOVERY / COLONIAL AMERICA  


James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer (F)
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans (F)
Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Two Years Before the Mast
Sharon M. Draper, Copper Sun (F)
Ken Follett, A Place Called Freedom (F)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables (F)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (F)
John C. Miller, The First Frontier: Life in Colonial America
Francis Parkman, Jr., The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada
Timothy R. Pauketat, Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi
Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Kirkpatrick Sale, The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy
Marion L. Sharkey, The Devil in Massachusetts




  THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION / THE RISE OF NATIONALISM / MANIFEST DESTINY  


Stephen E. Ambrose, Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Richard Beeman, Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution
Christopher Collier & James Lincoln Collier, Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787
William C. Davis, Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis
Joseph J. Ellis, Founding Brothers
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Concord Hymn"
David McCullough, 1776
David McCullough, John Adams
Elizabeth Langhorne, Monticello: A Family Story
William A. Owens, Black Mutiny: The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad
Francis Parkman, Jr., The Oregon Trail
Edward Pessen, Jacksonian America: Society, Personality, and Politics
Frank Shuffelton (ed.), The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America




  ANTEBELLUM AMERICA  


Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (F)
William L. Andrews & Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (eds.), American Slave Narratives
Catherine Clinton, The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (F)
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (F)
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (F)




  THE CIVIL WAR / RECONSTRUCTION  


Stephen Budiansky, The Bloody Shirt: Terror After the Civil War
Bruce Catton, This Hallowed Ground
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (F)
David Herbert Donald, Lincoln
MacKinlay Kantor, Andersonville (F)
George McGovern, Abraham Lincoln
Roy Meredith, The Face of Robert E. Lee
Roy Meredith, Mr. Lincoln's General
Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (F)
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels




  THE AMERICAN FRONTIER WEST  


Stephen E. Ambrose, Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
Merrill D. Beal, "I Will Fight No More Forever"
Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Willa Cather, My Antonia (F)
Willa Cather, O Pioneers! (F)
Evan S. Connell, Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn
Elizabeth Custer, Boots and Saddles
James Donovan, A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West
John G. Niehardt, Black Elk Speaks
Nathaniel Philbrick, The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Frederick Jackson Turner, The Significance of the Frontier in American History
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (F)
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (F)
Robert Utley, Custer: Cavalier in Buckskin
Robert Utley, Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers




  THE GILDED AGE  


Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull-House
Horatio Alger, Jr., Ragged Dick (F)
Horatio Alger, Jr., Struggling Upward (F)
Tyler Anbinder, Five Points: The 19th-Century New York City Neighborhood that Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum
Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (F)
O. Henry, "The Gift of the Magi"
William Dean Howells, A Hazard of New Fortunes
Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York
Mark Twain & Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today




  THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT  


Mary Jane Auch, Ashes of Roses (F)
Kate Chopin, The Awakening (F)
Robert F. Martin, Hero of the Heartland: Billy Sunday and the Transformation of American Society, 1862-1935
Frank Norris, The Octopus
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle




  AMERICA'S GLOBAL EXPANSIONISM / WORLD WAR I  


Julie Greene, The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal
Ernest Hemingway, A FArewell to Arms (F)
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street: The Story of Carol Kennicott (F)




  THE ROARING TWENTIES  


F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (F)
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (F)
Leigh Montville, The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
Robert F. Martin, Hero of the Heartland: Billy Sunday and the Transformation of American Society, 1862-1935
Rex Alan Smith, The Carving of Mount Rushmore




  THE GREAT DEPRESSION  


L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz (F)
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (F)
Rex Alan Smith, The Carving of Mount Rushmore
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (F)
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (F)
Alice Walker, The Color Purple (F)




  WORLD WAR II  


Stephen E. Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany
Stephen E. Ambrose, The Wild Blue
Paul Brickhill, The Great Escape
Thomas Helm, Ordeal by Sea: The Tragedy of the USS Indianapolis
Jack Higgins, The Eagle Has Landed (F)
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston, Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
Chaim Potok, The Chosen (F)
P. R. Reid, Escape From Colditz
Richard W. Sonnenfeldt, Witness to Nuremberg
Doug Stanton, In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of its Survivors
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five (F)




  THE FABULOUS FIFTIES / THE COUNTERCULTURE MOVEMENT / CIVIL RIGHTS  


Jim Bouton, Ball Four
John L. Bullion, Lyndon B. Johnson and the Transformation of American Politics
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Walter Cronkite, A Reporter's Life
David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars (F)
Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (F)
Charles Kuralt, On the Road with Charles Kuralt
Michael Lang, The Road to Woodstock
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
Merle Miller, Plain Speaking: An Oral History of Harry S. Truman
Rick Perlstein, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
Richard Reeves, President Kennedy: Profile of Power
Bruce Watson, Freedom Summer: The Savage Season that Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy
Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein, All The President's Men




  THE COLD WAR / VIETNAM  


Pat Frank, Alas, Babylon (F)
Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: The War Nobody Won
Robert F. Kennedy, Thirteen Days
James Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger, Apollo 13
Arthur Miller, The Crucible
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
George Orwell, Animal Farm (F)




  NATIVE AMERICANISM  


Stephen E. Ambrose, Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
Merrill D. Beal, "I Will Fight No More Forever"
Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Evan S. Connell, Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn
Margaret Craven, I Heard the Owl Call My Name (F)
James Donovan, A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West
Oliver La Farge, Laughing Boy (F)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Song of Hiawatha" (F)
John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
Timothy R. Pauketat, Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi
Nathaniel Philbrick, The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn




  BLACK AMERICA  


William L. Andrews & Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (eds.), American Slave Narratives
Sharon M. Draper, Copper Sun (F)
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (F)
William Griffin, Black Like Me
Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Alex Haley, Roots
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (F)
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (F)
William A. Owens, Black Mutiny: The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (F)
Alice Walker, The Color Purple (F)
Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery
Bruce Watson, Freedom Summer: The Savage Season that Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy
Richard Wright, American Hunger




  FEMINISM  


Bonnie Angelo, First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents
Kate Chopin, The Awakening (F)
Catherine Clinton, The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South




  SPORTS  


Jim Bouton, Ball Four
Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit
Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer
Leigh Montville, The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth




  THE PRESIDENTS  


Bonnie Angelo, First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents
John L. Bullion, Lyndon B. Johnson and the Transformation of American Politics
David Herbert Donald, Lincoln
Richard Hofstadter, The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It
David McCullough, John Adams
George McGovern, Abraham Lincoln
Elizabeth Langhorne, Monticello: A Family Story
Merle Miller, Plain Speaking: An Oral History of Harry S. Truman
Rick Perlstein, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
Edward Pessen, Jacksonian America: Society, Personality, and Politics
Richard Reeves, President Kennedy: Profile of Power
Richard Shenkman, Presidential Ambition: Gaining Power at Any Cost
Rex Alan Smith, The Carving of Mount Rushmore




  CHECKLIST  


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  • Did you mention the date the book was written?
  • Did you include a statement about the author's purpose for writing the book?
  • Have you acknowledged any awards the book and/or author received?
  • Have you adequately summarized the content in your own words?
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  • Have you drawn a link between American history and your summary and/or reaction?
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