American State and Local History Reading


  • Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-Twentieth Century by Joseph A. Conforti
  • Those who Stayed Behind: Rural Society in Nineteenth-Century New England by Hal S. Barron
  • Maine: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present by Richard W. Judd and Edwin A. Churchill
  • The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier by Colin Woodard
  • Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine’s Past by Amy Hassinger
  • New Hampshire: A History by Elizabeth Forbes Morison
  • The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History by Christopher McGrory Klyza and Stephen C. Trombulak
  • Freedom and Unity: A History of Vermont by Michael Sherman and Gene Sessions
  • Those who Stayed Behind: Rural Society in Nineteenth-Century New England by Hal S. Barron
  • A Crisis of Community: The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848 by Mary Babson Fuhrer
  • The Maritime History of Massachusetts, 1783-1860 by Samuel Eliot Morison
  • Colonial New Hampshire: A History by Jere R. Daniell
  • Quaker Nantucket: The Religious Community Behind the Whaling Empire by Robert J. Leach and Peter Gow


  • 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


  • A Very Mutinous People: The Struggle for North Carolina, 1660-1713 by Noeleen McIlvenna
  • The Short Life of Free Georgia: Class and Slavery in the Colonial South by Noeleen McIlvenna
  • River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom by Walter Johnson
  • Rise of the Planter Class in the South Carolina Backcountry, 1760-1808 by Rachel N. Klein
  • Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975 by Thomas W. Hanchett 
  • The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828-1856 by William J. Cooper
  • Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia by Daina Berry
  • Greenbackers, Knights of Labor, and Populists: Farmer-labor Insurgency in the Late-nineteenth-century South by Matthew Hild
  • In the Lion’s Mouth: Black Populism in the New South, 1886-1900 by Omar H. Ali
  • Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War by James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins
  • Three Peoples, One King: Loyalists, Indians, and Slaves in the American Revolutionary South, 1775-1782 by Jim Piecuch
  • Slavery and Freedom in Savannah by Leslie M. Harris (Editor), Daina Ramey Berry (Editor)
  • On the Rim of the Caribbean: Colonial Georgia and the British Atlantic World by Paul M Pressly
  • From Ulster to Carolina: The Migration of the Scotch-Irish to Southwestern North Carolina by H. Tyler Blethen adn Curtis W. Wood Jr.
  • Scots and Scotch Irish: Frontier Life in North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky by Larry J. Hoefling
  • Chasing The Frontier: Scots-Irish in Early America by Larry Hoefling
  • Southern Crucifix, Southern Cross: Catholic-Protestant Relations in the Old South by Andrew Henry Stern


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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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


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