Civil War and Reconstruction Era History Reading List

American Civil War Era Study Group Reading List

  1. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 
    (Has also been published in abridged form – avoid this)
  2. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
    (There is an abridged version of this and should be avoided)
  3. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry
  4. Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction by Elaine Frantz Parsons
  5. Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda Wineapple
  6. Grant by Ron Chernow
  7. Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda
  8. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt
  9. Abraham Lincoln: Two Volumes by Michael Burlingame
  10. Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour by William C. Davis
  11. A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910 by Steven Hahn
  12. Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan
  13. Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis by Michael Todd Landis
  14. Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel
  15. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War by Eric Foner
  16. Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr
  17. The Civil War, Three Volumes by Shelby Foote
  18. The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War by William W. Freehling
  19. The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era by Douglas R. Egerton
  20. The Road to Disunion, Two Volumes: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 and Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861 by William W. Freehling
  21. Reluctant Confederates: Upper South Unionists in the Secession Crisis by Daniel W. Crofts
  22. A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War by Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
  23. The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine
  24. Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War by Larry Denton
  25. Thaddeus Stevens: Scourge of the South by Fawn M. Brodie

After the books above we will consider reading the following

Biographies

Primary Source Collections

SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARE GETTING STARTED STUDYING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR PERIOD

The six titles listed below will provide a solid foundation in the Civil War Period and prepare you to meaningfully read the other books on this list or move on to study the American Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

  1. Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda Wineapple
  2. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin
  3. Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789–1859 By Elizabeth R. Varo
  4. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent By Robert W. Merry
  5. The Road to Disunion, Two Volumes: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 and Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861 by William W. Freehling
  6. Battle Cry of Freedom By James McPherson
  7. A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War by Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
  8. The South Vs. The South: How Anti-Confederate Southerners Shaped the Course of the Civil War by William W. Freehling
  9. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
  10. The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era by Douglas R. Egerton

MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR AND EXPANSION (1846-1848)

  1. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent By Robert W. Merry
  2. Gone for Soldiers By Jeff Shaara
  3. A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico by Amy S. Greenberg
  4. So Far from God: The U.S. War With Mexico, 1846-1848 by John S.D. Eisenhower
  5. A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States by Timothy J. Henderson
  6. The War With Mexico: The Classic History of the Mexican-American War by Justin H. Smith
  7. Mr. Polk’s Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War by Richard Bruce Winders
  8. The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Martin Dugard
  9. Missionaries of Republicanism: A Religious History of the Mexican-American War by John C. Pinheiro
  10. The Life of Major General Zachary Taylor by Henry Montgomery
  11. Trailing Clouds of Glory: Zachary Taylor’s Mexican War Campaign and His Emerging Civil War Leaders by Felice Flanery Lewis
  12. Agent Of Destiny: The Life And Times Of General Winfield Scott by John Eisenhower
  13. Winfield Scott: The Quest for Military Glory by Timothy D. Johnson
  14. War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War by Brian DeLay
  15. To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination by Robert W. Johannsen
  16. Santa Anna of Mexico by Will Fowler
  17. The Literatures of the U.S.-Mexican War: Narrative, Time, and Identity by Jaime Javier Rodríguez

SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES AND ATLANTIC

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  1. Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery by Seymour Drescher
  2. American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan
  3. Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South by Deborah Gray White
  4. Black Americans and Organized Labor: A New History by Paul D. Moreno
  5. Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War By Stanley Harrold
  6. Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement by David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly
  7. Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad by Fergus Bordewich
  8. Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero by Kate Clifford Larson
  9. Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 by Gregory E. O’Malley
  10. Fire From the Midst of You by Louis Decaro
  11. Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 by Anthony S. Parent
  12. Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 By James Oakes
  13. Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction by Stacey L. Smith
  14. Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner
  15. Half Slave and Half Free, Revised Edition: The Roots of Civil War by Bruce Levine
  16. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton
  17. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis
  18. Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854 by Jonathan H. Earle
  19. John Brown by W.E.B. Du Bois (Author), David R. Roediger (Editor)
  20. John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights by David S. Reynolds
  21. Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President’s War Powers By James F. Simon
  22. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin
  23. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz
  24. Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy by Howard Jones
  25. New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
  26. Origins of the Dred Scott Case: Jacksonian Jurisprudence And the Supreme Court, 1837-1857 by Austin Allen
  27. Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph
  28. Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America by Evan Carton
  29. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
  30. Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora by Stephanie E. Smallwood
  31. Slavery and Frontier Mississippi, 1720-1835 By David J. Libby
  32. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II By Douglas A. Blackmon
  33. Slavery in Colonial America, 1619–1776 by Betty Wood
  34. Slavery in North Carolina, 1748-1775 by Marvin L. Michael Kay and Lorin Lee Cary
  35. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter
  36. The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry by Ned Sublette and Constance Sublette
  37. The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom By Marcus Rediker
  38. The Fate of Their Country: Politicians, Slavery Extension, and the Coming of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt
  39. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery By Eric Foner
  40. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
  41. The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717 by Alan Gallay
  42. The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 By Alan Taylor
  43. The Jerry Rescue: The Fugitive Slave Law, Northern Rights, and the American Sectional Crisis by Angela F. Murphy
  44. The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
  45. The Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker
  46. The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870 by Hugh Thomas
  47. The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha
  48. The Slaves’ War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves By Andrew Ward
  49. Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
  50. Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice by David M. Oshinsky

CIVIL WAR PRELUDE (C.1848-1860)

  1. American interest in Cuba: 1848-1855 by Basil Rauch
  2. American Railroads by John F. Stover
  3. America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union by Fergus M. Bordewich
  4. At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union by Robert V. Remini
  5. Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides
  6. Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley
  7. Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War By Stanley Harrold
  8. Breaking Open Japan: Commodore Perry, Lord Abe, and American Imperialism in 1853 by George Feifer
  9. California Conquered: The Annexation of a Mexican Province, 1846-1850 by Neal Harlow
  10. Civil War Wives by Carol Berkin
  11. Covered Wagon Women by Kenneth L. Holmes
  12. Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789–1859 By Elizabeth R. Varon
  13. Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon by Edward Dolnick
  14. Driven West: Andrew Jackson’s Trail of Tears to the Civil War By A. J. Langguth
  15. Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 by Brenda Wineapple
  16. Escape from Death Valley: As Told by William Lewis Manly and Other ’49Ers by Leroy Johnson and Jean Johnson
  17. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War by Eric Foner
  18. Gold Dust and Gunsmoke: Tales of Gold Rush Outlaws, Gunfighters, Lawmen, and Vigilantes by John Boessenecker
  19. Hard Road West: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail by Keith Heyer Meldahl
  20. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles
  21. Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta: Celebrated California Bandit by John Rollin Ridge and Yellow Bird
  22. Lynching in the West: 1850–1935 by Ken Gonzales-Day
  23. Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura E. Gómez
  24. Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Ronald W. Walker and Richard E. Turley
  25. Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country by Stephanie McCurry
  26. Mile-High Fever: Silver Mines, Boom Towns, and High Living on the Comstock Lode by Dennis Drabelle
  27. Narrative of the Expedition to the China Seas and Japan, 1852-1854 by Commodore M. C. Perry
  28. Nativism and Slavery: The Northern Know Nothings and the Politics of the 1850s by Tyler G. Anbinder
  29. Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis by Michael Todd Landis
  30. Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 by Stephen E. Ambrose
  31. Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party by George R. Stewart and Michael Haag
  32. Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier by Linda Peavy
  33. Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna Stratton
  34. Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad by Walter R. Borneman
  35. Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally McMillen
  36. Surviving the Oregon Trail, 1852 by Weldon Willis Rau
  37. The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream by H.W. Brands
  38. The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis
  39. The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War By Leonard L. Richards
  40. The California Trail: An Epic with Many Heroes by George R. Stewart
  41. The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan, and Their Brothers by John Waugh
  42. The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929 by David A. Chang
  43. The Fate of Their Country: Politicians, Slavery Extension, and the Coming of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt
  44. The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail by Wallace Stegner
  45. The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West by Dee Brown
  46. The Great Platte River Road: The Covered Wagon Mainline via Fort Kearny to Fort Laramie by Merrill J. Mattes
  47. The Jerry Rescue: The Fugitive Slave Law, Northern Rights, and the American Sectional Crisis by Angela F. Murphy
  48. The Joaquín Band: The History behind the Legend by Lori Lee Wilson
  49. The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 by Lisa Tetrault
  50. The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman and Bernard Rosenthal
  51. The Origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856 by William E. Gienapp
  52. The Plains Across : The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-1860 by John D. Unruh
  53. The Political Crisis of the 1850s by Michael F. Holt
  54. The Republic in Crisis, 1848-1861 by John Ashworth
  55. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt
  56. The Road to Disunion (2 volumes) by William W. Freehling
  57. The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention by Judith Wellman
  58. The Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s by Eric H. Walther
  59. The Women’s West by Susan Armitage and Elizabeth Jameson
  60. They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush by JoAnn Levy
  61. Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War by Larry Denton
  62. Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915 by Sandra L. Myres
  63. With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852 by Will Bagley
  64. Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel
  65. Women’s Rights Emerges within the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1830-1870: by Kathryn Kish Sklar
  66. Yankees in the Land of the Gods : Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan by Peter Booth Wiley
  67. Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War By Douglas R. Egerton
  68. Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era by Nicole Etcheson

CIVIL WAR PERIOD – BOOKS ABOUT THE WAR (1861-1865)

  1. 1861: The Civil War Awakening By Adam Goodheart
  2. A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction By Lacy Ford
  3. A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War By Amanda Foreman
  4. America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation By David Goldfield
  5. Battle Cry of Freedom By James McPherson
  6. Bear Flag and Bay State in the Civil War: The Californians of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry by Thomas E. Parson
  7. Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era by John David Smith
  8. California Sabers: The 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry in the Civil War by R. James McLean
  9. Civil War Nurse: The Diary and Letters of Hannah Ropes by Hannah Ropes
  10. Combat: The Civil War By Don Congdon and Bruce Catton
  11. Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction By Allen C. Guelzo
  12. Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers by Joseph T. Glatthaar
  13. Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867 by William A. Dobak
  14. Freedom’s Soldiers: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War by Ira Berlin, Joseph Patrick Reidy and Leslie S. Rowland
  15. Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War By Harold Holzer
  16. Kate: The Journal of a Confederate Nurse by Kate Cumming
  17. Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War 1862-1865 by Noah Andre Trudeau
  18. Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President’s War Powers By James F. Simon
  19. Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War by Edward Bonekemper and David Deis
  20. Lincoln and the Jews: A History by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell
  21. Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion By Harold Holzer
  22. Lincoln’s Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut by James P. Duffy
  23. Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War In Washington, DC By Kenneth J. Winkle
  24. Lincoln’s Men: How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation by William C. Davis
  25. Living Hell by Michael C. C. Adams
  26. New Hampshire and the Civil War: Voices from the Granite State by Bruce D. Heald
  27. Ordeal of the Union by Allan Nevins
  28. Race and Reunion by David W. Blight
  29. The Age of Lincoln By Orville Vernon Burton
  30. The American Civil War: A Military History By John Keegan
  31. The Army of the Potomac By Bruce Catton
  32. The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War By Don H. Doyle
  33. The Centennial History of the Civil War By Bruce Catton
  34. The Civil War: A Narrative By Shelby Foote
  35. The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War By Donald Stoker
  36. The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865 By Alice Fahs
  37. The Jewish Confederates by Robert N. Rosen
  38. The Negro’s Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union by James M. McPherson
  39. The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose
  40. The Sable Arm: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865 by Dudley Taylor Cornish
  41. Their Horses Climbed Trees: A Chronicle of the California 100 and Battalion in the Civil War, from San Francisco to Appomattox by Larry Rogers and Keith Rogers
  42. We Have the War upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War: November 1860 – April 1861 By William J. Cooper
  43. West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free by Mark A. Snell
  44. When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Jonathan D. Sarna
  45. With Malice toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era by William A. Blair

THE CONFEDERATE INSURRECTION

  1. A Government of Our Own: The Making of the Confederacy by William C. Davis
  2. A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa by Hugh H. Genoways (Author), Ted Genoways (Editor), Hugh H Genoways (Editor)
  3. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War by Charles B. Dew
  4. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South by Stephanie McCurry
  5. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South by Stephanie McCurr
  6. Confederates in Montana Territory: In the Shadow of Price’s Army by Ken Robison
  7. Look Away!: A History of the Confederate States of America by William C. Davis
  8. Montana Territory and the Civil War: A Frontier Forged on the Battlefield Ken Robison
  9. Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 1830-1880 by Luke E. Harlow
  10. The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine
  11. The Jewish Confederates by Robert N. Rosen
  12. Their Last Full Measure by Joseph Wheelan

CIVIL WAR BATTLES

  1. A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White
  2. Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War By Elizabeth R. Varon
  3. Battle at Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War by William C. Davis
  4. Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest: Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga: The Campaigns that Doomed the Confederacy By Jack Hurst
  5. Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave By Ernest B. Furgurson
  6. Chancellorsville By Stephen Sears
  7. Gettysburg By Stephen Sears
  8. Gettysburg: The Last Invasion By Allen C. Guelzo
  9. Grant at Vicksburg: The General and the Siege By Michael B. Ballard
  10. Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam By Stephen W. Sears
  11. Shiloh, 1862 By Winston Groom
  12. Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White
  13. The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta by Earl J. Hess
  14. The Battle of New Market by William C. Davis
  15. The Chickamauga Campaign:(3 vols) by David Powell
  16. Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory by Anne Sarah Rubin
  17. To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign by Stephen W. Sears
  18. Witness to Appomattox By Richard Wheeler
  19. Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863 by Monte Akers

RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD (1865-1877)

  1. A Companion to the Civil War and Reconstruction By Lacy Ford
  2. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
  3. After Lincoln by A.J. Langguth
  4. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction by Eric L. McKitrick
  5. Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon F. Litwack
  6. Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy by Stephen Kantrowitz
  7. But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction by George C. Rable
  8. Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction By Allen C. Guelzo
  9. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner
  10. Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America by Mark Perry
  11. Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan by David J. Chalmers
  12. Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart
  13. Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868 by Brooks D. Simpson
  14. Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph
  15. Reconstruction after the Civil War by John Hope Franklin and Eric Foner
  16. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner
  17. Reconstructions: New Perspectives on Postbellum United States by Thomas J. Brown (Editor)
  18. Rehearsal for Reconstruction: The Port Royal Experiment by Willie Lee Rose
  19. Reunion and Reaction: The Compromise of 1877 and the End of Reconstruction by C. Vann Woodward
  20. Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South by Hannah Rosen
  21. The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction by Charles Lane
  22. The Greenback Era: A Social and Political History of American Finance 1865-1879 by Irwin Unger
  23. The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose
  24. The Reconstruction Presidents by Brooks D. Simpson
  25. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States by Alexander Keyssar
  26. The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era By Douglas R. Egerton
  27. Traces Of A Stream: Literacy and Social Change Among African American Women by Jaqueline Jones Royster
  28. West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson
  29. White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction by Allen W. Trelease

ABRAHAM LINCOLN BIOGRAPHIES

  1. Lincoln: A Biography By Ronald C. White, Jr.
  2. Abraham Lincoln: (2 volumes) by Michael Burlingame
  3. Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President By Allen C. Guelzo
  4. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years By Carl Sandburg
  5. Abraham Lincoln by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, Sean Wilentz and George S. McGovern (American Presidents Series)
  6. Congressman Lincoln By Chris DeRose
  7. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine: Lincoln’s First Vice-President by H. Draper Hunt
  8. Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President By Harold Holzer
  9. Lincoln By David Herbert Donald
  10. Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk
  11. Lincoln’s Battle with God: A President’s Struggle with Faith and What It Meant for America by Stephen Mansfield
  12. Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 by Harold Holzer 
  13. Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography by Jean Harvey Baker
  14. Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year By David Von Drehle
  15. Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln By Abraham Lincoln
  16. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln By Doris Kearns Goodwin
  17. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery By Eric Foner

CIVIL WAR ERA AND RECONSTRUCTION ERA BIOGRAPHIES – UNION

  1. Agent Of Destiny: The Life And Times Of General Winfield Scott by John Eisenhower
  2. American General: The Life and Times of William Tecumseh Sherman by John S.D. Eisenhower
  3. Andrew Johnson: A Biography by Hans L. Trefousse
  4. Brigham Young: American Moses by Leonard J. Arrington
  5. Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet by John G. Turner
  6. Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell
  7. General Ulysses S. Grant: The Soldier and the Man By Edward G. Longacre
  8. George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon by Stephen W. Sears
  9. Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War By Charles Bracelen Flood
  10. Grant by Jean Edward Smith
  11. Harriet Lane, America’s First Lady by Milton Stern
  12. Harriet Tubman By Ann Petry
  13. Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler
  14. Henry Wilson and the Era of Reconstruction by John L. Myers
  15. John C. Calhoun: American Portrait By Margaret L. Coit
  16. Lincoln’s Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marve
  17. Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography by Jean Harvey Baker
  18. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass By Frederick Douglass
  19. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant By Ulysses S. Grant
  20. Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man by Walter Stahr
  21. Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan by Joseph Wheelan
  22. Thaddeus Stevens by Hans Trefousse
  23. The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay, and Calhoun by Merrill D. Peterson
  24. The Life of Major General Zachary Taylor by Henry Montgomery
  25. The Life of Schuyler Colfax by Ambrose Yoemans Moore
  26. The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands
  27. The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant by Julia Dent Grant
  28. The Souls of Black Folk By W.E.B. Dubois
  29. Up from Slavery By Booker T. Washington
  30. Worthy Opponents: William T. Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston: Antagonists in War-Friends in Peace by Edward Longacre

CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION ERA BIOGRAPHIES – CONFEDERATE

  1. Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia: A Biography by Thomas E. Schott
  2. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman
  3. Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart by Jeffry D. Wert
  4. Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee By Michael Korda
  5. Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee – the War They Fought, the Peace They Forged By William C. Davis
  6. Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief By James M. McPherson
  7. Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford
  8. Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War By Burke Davis
  9. Jefferson Davis, American by Jr. William J. Cooper
  10. Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour By William C. Davis
  11. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles
  12. John A. Quitman: Old South Crusader by Robert E. May
  13. Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman
  14. Lee’s Tarnished Lieutenant: James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History by William Garrett Piston
  15. Life of General Robert E. Lee By John Esten Cooke
  16. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S. C. Gwynne
  17. Robert E. Lee By Emory M. Thomas
  18. Stonewall Jackson by James Robertson
  19. The Union That Shaped the Confederacy: Robert Toombs and Alexander H. Stephens by William C. Davis
  20. Worthy Opponents: William T. Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston: Antagonists in War-Friends in Peace by Edward Longacre

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY (C.1846 TO 1877)

  1. Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay: The Enlisted Soldier Fighting the Indian Wars by Don Rickey Jr.
  2. Frontiersmen in Blue: The United States Army and the Indian, 1848-1865 by Robert M. Utley
  3. Murder State: California’s Native American Genocide, 1846-1873 by Brendan C. Lindsay
  4. The Indian Frontier 1846-1890 by Robert Utley
  5. The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers
  6. The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story by Elliott West