American State and Local History Reading

NEW ENGLAND STATES

THE MID ATLANTIC AND CHESAPEAKE STATES

  • Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007 by Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Jr. Parent, William G. Shade
  • Maryland, A Middle Temperament: 1634-1980 by Robert J. Brugger
  • Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland During the Nineteenth Century by Barbara Jeanne Fields

THE SOUTHERN STATES

THE OLD NORTHWESTERN STATES

  • The War of 1812 in the Old Northwest By Alec R. Gilpin
  • The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830 by R. Douglas Hurt
  • William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country by David Curtis Skaggs
  • Frontier Indiana by Andrew R. L. Cayton
  • Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana by James H. Madison
  • Frontier Illinois by James E. Davis
  • A Home in the Woods: Pioneer Life in Indiana by Howard Johnson
  • Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest by Stacey M. Robertson
  • Illinois: A History of the Land and Its People by Roger Biles
  • The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period, 1815-1840 (2 volumes) by R. Carlyle Buley
  • Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie by John Mack Faragher
  • The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia’s Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom by James Green
  • Early Native Americans in West Virginia by Darla Spencer
  • West Virginia: A History by John Alexander Williams 
    West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers Are Always Free by Mark A. Snell
  • West Virginia: A History by Otis K. Rice and Stephen W. Brown 
    Thunder In the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920-21 by Lon Savage
  • The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America’s Largest Labor Uprising by Robert Shogan
  • West Virginia in the Civil War: An Annotated Bibliography
    West Virginia Department of Archives and History

THE OLD SOUTHWESTERN STATES

  • Tennesseans at War, 1812–1815: Andrew Jackson, the Creek War, and the Battle of New Orleans by Tom Kanon
  • Slavery and Frontier Mississippi, 1720-1835 By David J. Libby
  • Freedom on the Border: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky by Catherine Fosl and Tracy E. K’Meyer
  • Up from the Mudsills of Hell: The Farmers’ Alliance, Populism, And Progressive Agriculture in Tennessee, 1870-1915 by Connie L. Lester
  • A New History of Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison and James C. Klotter
  • Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 1830-1880 by Luke E. Harlow
  • Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky by John Ed Pearce
  • Freedom on the Border: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky by Catherine Fosl
  • Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands by James F. Brooks
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THE MIDWESTERN AND PLAINS STATES

  • Oklahoma: A History by W. David Baird and Danney Goble
  • The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 by Stan Hoig
  • Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush by Sheldon Russell
  • American Outback: The Oklahoma Panhandle in the Twentieth Century by Richard Lowitt
  • Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s by Donald Worster
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
  • Prairie Fire: A Great Plains History by Julie Courtwright
  • Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910 by Andrew R. Graybill
  • The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century by R. Douglas Hurt
  • The Great Plains during World War II by Prof. R. Douglas Hurt
  • Dakota: The Story of the Northern Plains by Norman K. Risjord
  • The Winning of the Midwest: Social and Political Conflict, 1888-1896 by Richard J Jensen
  • Life in Prairie Land by Eliza Farnham
  • American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State by Stephen Aron
  • The Tolerant Populists, Second Edition: Kansas Populism and Nativism by Walter Nugent

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATES

  • Colorado: A History of the Centennial State by Carl Abbott WS
  • Wyoming: A Bicentennial History by Taft Alfred Larson
  • Wyoming Range War: The Infamous Invasion of Johnson County by John W. Davis
  • The Banditti of the Plains: Or The Cattlemen’s Invasion of Wyoming in 1892 by A. S. Mercer
  • The Montana Vigilantes: Gold, Guns, and Gallows by Mark C. Dillon
  • A Life Wild and Perilous: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific by Robert M. Utley

THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES

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  • The Roar And The Silence: A History Of Virginia City And The Comstock Lode by Ronald M. James
  • The Silver State: Nevada’s Heritage Reinterpreted by James W. Hulse
  • Twenty Miles From A Match: Homesteading In Western Nevada by Sarah E. Olds
  • History of Nevada by Russell R. Elliott and William D. Rowley
  • New Mexico: A History by Joseph P. Sanchez, Robert L. Spude and Arthur R. Gomez
  • Exiles in a Land of Liberty: Mormons in America, 1830-1846 by Kenneth H. Winn
  • New Mexico Past and Future by Thomas E. Chávez
  • The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil by Malcom Ebright and Rick Hendricks
  • The Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1696 and the Franciscan Missions in New Mexico by J. Manuel Espinosa
  • Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico by John L. Kessell
  • The Adobe Kingdom, New Mexico 1598-1958 by Donald L. Lucero
  • No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada by Richard Flint
  • Native and Spanish New Worlds: Sixteenth-Century Entradas in the American Southwest and Southeast by Clay Mathers (Editor), Jeffrey M. Mitchem (Editor), Charles M. Haecker (Editor)
  • The Spanish Frontier in North America by David J. Weber
  • Spain in the Southwest: A Narrative History of Colonial New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California by John L. Kessell
  • When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846 by Ramon A. Gutierrez
  • The Pueblo Revolt of 1680: Conquest and Resistance in Seventeenth-Century New Mexico by Andrew L. Knaut
  • The Last Conquistador: Juan de Onate and the Settling of the Far Southwest by Marc Simmons
  • Telling New Mexico: A New History by Marta Weigle (Editor), Frances Levine (Editor), Louise Stiver (Editor)
  • New Mexico: An Interpretive History by Marc Simmons

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST STATES

  • Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River: Pioneers, Miners & Lumberjacks by John Bradbury