Mid 19th Century History Reading List

Our reading list for mid 19th century American History not directly related to the Civil War and Reconstruction

  1. Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton
  2. The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War by Leonard L. Richards
  3. Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad by Walter R. Borneman
  4. They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush by JoAnn Levy
  5. Murder State: California’s Native American Genocide, 1846-1873 by Brendan C. Lindsay
  6. The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 by Trish Loughran
  7. The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens
  8. They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush by JoAnn Levy
  9. Millard Fillmore by Robert J. Scarry
  10. An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 by Benjamin Madley
  11. Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw
  12. Comstock Women: The Making Of A Mining Community by Ronald M. James and C. Elizabeth Raymond (Editors)
  13. The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles
  14. The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858 by David L. Bigler and Will Bagley
  15. Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Class and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865-1900 by Jacqueline M. Moore
  16. The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode by Ronald M. James
  17. Steamboats in Dakota Territory: Transforming the Northern Plains by Tracy Potter
  18. Silver Kings by Oscar Lewis
  19. Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman
  20. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  21. Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States by Adam Arenson (Editor)
  22. Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830-1870 by Karen Halttunen
  23. The Civil War Years in Utah: The Kingdom of God and the Territory That Did Not Fight by John Gary Maxwell
  24. The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
  25. Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides
  26. Mark Twain: A Life by Ron Powers
  27. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles
  28. Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet by John G. Turner
  29. The Cattle Towns by Robert R. Dykstra
  30. Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner