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This is a brief list of books from which you can write a book review for extra credit.   Please see me after class if you need any information about them.   Reviews should be three or four double-spaced pages, typed, and provide BOTH a nice synopsis of the book and a general critique.   Students will receive up to 50 points for each book review they complete.  

Colonial Era



Nick Bunker, Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and their World, a

            New History


Alberto Galindo, In Search of the Inca: Destiny and Utopia in the Andes


Alison Games, Witchcraft in Early North America


Robert Goodwin, Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540: The Story of the First African-

            American Explorer of the American South


Ramon Gutierrez, ‘When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away’: Marriage,

            Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846


David Hall, A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in

            New England


James Horn, A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of



Richard Ligon, A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados


Daniel Mandell, King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End

            of Indian Sovereignty


Edmund Morgan, The Puritan Dilemma


Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom


Mary Beth Norton, In the Devil’s Snare


Owen Stanwood, The Empire Reformed: English America in the Age of the Glorious



Harry Stout, The New England Soul


Barry Levy, Quakers and the American Family

Revolutionary America


Catherine Adams, Love of Freedom: Black Women in Colonial and Revolutionary



John Alexander, Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary


Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution


Edwin Burrows, Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners during the

            Revolutionary War


Joseph Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation


Julie Flavell, When London was Capital of America


Richard Godbeer, Sexual Revolution in Early America


Susan Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in

            America, 1760-1820


Pauline Maier, Ratification: the People Debate the Constitution, 1787-88


Pauline Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence


Mary Beth Norton, Liberty’s Daughters:


Jack Rakove, Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America


Gordon Wood, The Radicalism of the America Revolution



Jeffersonian Era


Stephen Ambrose, Undaunted Courage


Joseph Ellis, After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture


Edward Larson, A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800,

            America’s First Presidential Campaign


John C. Miller, The Federalist Era


Robert M. Owens, Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of

            American Indian Policy


Ben Rose, Mother of Freedom: Mum Bett and the Roots of Abolition


Robert Tucker, Empire of Liberty: The Statecraft of Thomas Jefferson



Early National and Jacksonian Periods



Will Bagley, Overland West: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848


Paul Johnson, A Shopkeepers’ Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York,



Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz, The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation

            in 19th-Century America


Lawrence Kohl, The Politics of Individualism: Parties and the American Character in the

            Jacksonian Era


Peter Kolchin, American Slavery


Walter Nugent, Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion


James Parins, Elias Cornelius Boudinot: A Life on the Cherokee Border


Michael Paul Rogin, Fathers and Children


Jay Sexton, The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America


Charles Sellers, The Market Revolution



Mid-19th Century Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural


Stuart Blumin, The Emergence of the Middle Class: Social Experience in the American

            City, 1760-1900


Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Honor and Violence in the Old South


Alfred Chandler, The Visible Hand


Carol Faulkner, Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s rights in 19th century



Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party

            Before the Civil War


Lori Ginzberg, Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life


Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden


Robert McGlone, John Brown’s War Against Slavery


Sally McMillen, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement


William Moran, The Belles of New England


James Oakes, The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders


Robert Remini, At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise that Saved

the Union


Christine Stansell, City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860


Edgar Thompson, The Plantation


Peter Wood, Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the

            Stono Rebellion


Civil War and Reconstruction


Michael Les Benedict, The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson


Edward Bonekemper, Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian


Victoria Bynum, The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies


David Eicher, Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War


Drew Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War


Eric Foner, Reconstruction, 1863-1877: America’s Unfinished Revolution


Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery


Michael Green, Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War


James McPherson, Battle Cry Freedom: The Civil War Era


Phillip Paludan, The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln


Joan Waugh, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth



C. Vann Woodward, Reunion and Reaction

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