Basic Reading List For The History Of The United States (1585 To 1979)

Below is a basic reading list for the history of the United States. Designed to give a good overview of the political, social, cultural, economic, military and relgious history of the United States.

All books are available in print and as Kindle Text to Speech or Audible.com audio book.

  1. Before the Revolution by Daniel Richter
  2. The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America by Scott Weidensaul
  3. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff
  4. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 By Gordon S. Wood
  5. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
  6. Battle Cry of Freedom By James McPherson
  7. American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 by H.W. Brands
  8. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis
  9. The American West by Dee Brown
  10. The Populist Vision by Charles Postel
  11. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson
  12. Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s by Frederick Lewis Allen
  13. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy
  14. The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972 by William Manchester
  15. Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 by James T. Patterson
  16. The Fifties by by David Halberstam
  17. The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
  18. The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage by Todd Gitlin
  19. Religion in American Life by by Jon Butler, Grant Wacker and Randall Balmer
  20. From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations since 1776 by George C. Herring
  21. Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States by Michael Lind
  22. Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character by Claude S. Fischer