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