The Frontier In American History

Our complete Frontier History reading list

  1. Trans-Appalachian Frontier, Third Edition: People, Societies, and Institutions, 1775-1850 3rd Edition by Malcolm J. Rohrbough
  2. Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800-1915 by Sandra L. Myres
  3. A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910 by Steven Hahn
  4. Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 by George J. Sanchez
  5. Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier 1760-1820 by Alan Taylor
  6. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720–1830 by R. Douglas Hurt
  7. Contact Points: American Frontiers from the Mohawk Valley to the Mississippi, 1750-1830 by Andrew Cayton (Editor), Fredrika J. Teute (Editor)
  8. Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California by Douglas Monroy
  9. Creating an Old South: Middle Florida’s Plantation Frontier before the Civil War by Edward E. Baptist
  10. Alabama’s Frontiers and the Rise of the Old South by Daniel Dupre
  11. Kentucke’s Frontiers by Craig Thompson Friend
  12. Tennessee Frontiers: Three Regions in Transition by John R. Finger
  13. Frontier Texas: History of a Borderland to 1880 by Robert F. Pace and Donald S. Frazier
  14. The End of Indian Kansas: A Study in Cultural Revolution, 1854-1871 by Craig Miner and William E. Unrau
  15. The Old South Frontier: Cotton Plantations And The Formation Of Arkansas Society, 1819-1861 By Donald P. Mcneilly
  16. The Mexican Frontier, 1821-1846: The American Southwest Under Mexico by David J. Weber
  17. Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton
  18. The Emerging Midwest: Upland Southerners and the Political Culture of the Old Northwest, 1787–1861 by Nicole Etcheson
  19. The Wisconsin Frontier by Mark Wyman
  20. The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 by Bernard Bailyn
  21. The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens
  22. Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865 by Jay Monaghan
  23. A Paradise of Blood: The Creek War of 1813–14 by Howard T. Weir
  24. Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner
  25. Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson
  26. Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America by Eric Jay Dolin
  27. Regular Army O!: Soldiering on the Western Frontier, 1865–1891 by Douglas C. McChristian
  28. The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America by James Wilson
  29. The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America by Scott Weidensaul
  30. Mrs. Dred Scott: A Life on Slavery’s Frontier by Lea VanderVelde
  31. Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America by Daniel K. Richter
  32. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne
  33. An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 by Benjamin Madley
  34. The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective by Carol Kakel
  35. West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 by Claudio Saunt
  36. Aiming for Pensacola: Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers by Matthew J. Clavin
  37. The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877 by Paul H. Carlson
  38. Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783 by Daniel H. Usner Jr.
  39. The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity by Jill Lepore
  40. Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest by Edward B. Westermann
  41. The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush by Howard Blum
  42. Securing the West: Politics, Public Lands, and the Fate of the Old Republic, 1785–1850 by John R. van Van Atta
  43. Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800–1850 by Andrés Reséndez
  44. Jedediah Smith: No Ordinary Mountain Man by Barton H. Barbour
  45. The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream by H.W. Brands
  46. William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country by David Curtis Skaggs
  47. Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America by Michael McDonnell
  48. William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persecution on the Frontier of the Early American Republic
  49. Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850-1925 by Joan M. Jensen
  50. The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
  51. Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy by Robert M. Owens
  52. The Klondike Fever: The Life And Death Of The Last Great Gold Rush by Pierre Berton
  53. Powder River: Disastrous Opening of the Great Sioux War by Paul L. Hedren
  54. Slavery and Frontier Mississippi, 1720-1835 by David J. Libby
  55. Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848–1912 by Anthony P. Mora
  56. Frontier Manhattan: Yankee Settlement to Kansas Town, 1854-1894 by Kevin G. W. Olson
  57. Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin
  58. High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier by Robert M. Utley
  59. The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall III
  60. The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton
  61. In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West 1528-1990 by Quintard Taylor
  62. Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border by Donald Gilmore
  63. The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
  64. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
  65. The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast by Andrew Lipman
  66. The Indian Frontier 1846-1890 by Robert M. Utley
  67. Adventurism and Empire: The Struggle for Mastery in the Louisiana-Florida Borderlands, 1762-1803 by David Narrett
  68. Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763 by Daniel J. Tortora
  69. Murder State: California’s Native American Genocide, 1846-1873 by Brendan C. Lindsay
  70. Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania by Patrick Spero
  71. Devils Will Reign: How Nevada Began by Sally Zanjani
  72. Gold-Mining Boomtown: People of White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory by Roberta Key Haldane
  73. Cattle Towns by Robert Dykstra
  74. A Savage Empire: Trappers, Traders, Tribes, and the Wars That Made America by Alan Axelrod
  75. Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes by W. Paul Reeve
  76. The Gods of Prophetstown: The Battle of Tippecanoe and the Holy War for the American Frontier by Adam Jortner
  77. Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army by John P. Langellier
  78. The Pueblo Revolt: The Secret Rebellion That Drove the Spaniards Out of the Southwest by David Roberts
  79. Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War by Daniel J. Sharfstein
  80. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis by Patricia Cleary
  81. Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier by Timothy J. Shannon
  82. James Madison, the South, and the Trans-Appalachian West, 1783–1803 by Jeffrey Allen Zemler
  83. William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country by David Curtis Skaggs
  84. Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley