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Although America may not be as old as other countries, we still have a lot of fascinating history. Check out these titles to learn more about major eras in American history.

Colonial America | Revolutionary War | Pre-Civil War and Civil War | Great Depression & World War II

Colonial America

 

Everyday Life in Early America Everyday Life in Early America
By Hawke, David
1989-01 - Harper Perennial
9780060912512 Check our catalog

"In this clearly written volume, Hawke provides enlightening and colorful descriptions of early Colonial Americans and debunks many widely held assumptions about 17th century settlers."--"Publishers Weekly" …More

Revolutionary War 

 

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
By Philbrick, Nathaniel
2007-04 - Penguin Books
9780143111979 Check our catalog

The startling story of the Plymouth Colony--from the flight to religious freedom to the war that ravaged New England--is told by the bestselling author of "In the Heart of the Sea," winner of the National Book Award. Includes maps and illustrations. …More

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
By Ellis, Joseph J.
2013-06 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307701220 Check our catalog

From an award-winning American historian: a revelatory portrait of a crescendo moment in American history: The summer of 1776, the most dramatic few months in the story of our country's founding. The 13 colonies agreed to secede from the British Empire, while at the same time, the British dispatched the largest armada ever to cross…More

Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes
By Hibbert, Christopher
2002-04 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393322934 Check our catalog

"Outstanding....Hibbert has an eye for character and a gift for bringing to life the impact of small-minded incompetents on the wide sweep of history." "Associated Press" …More

1776 1776
By McCullough, David
2005-05 - Simon & Schuster
9780743226714 Check our catalog

Awards:
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award (2005), Quill Awards (2005)

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Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "Truman" and "John Adams," McCullough returns with the story of the Revolutionary War--a book certain to be another landmark in the literature of American history. …More

With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution
By Nelson, James L.
2011-06 - Thorndike Press
9781410438249 Check our catalog

If Lexington and Concord was the shot heard around the world, then Bunker Hill was the volley that rocked Parliament and the ministry of George III. "With Fire and Sword" reveals the dramatic story of the fight that changed the face of the Revolution. …More

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
By Roberts, Cokie
Illustrator Goode, Diane
2014-01 - Harper Torch
9780060780029 Check our catalog

A Nonfiction Bestseller - 2004
In "Founding Mothers," Roberts tells the fascinating yet overlooked story of the women who helped create a new nation. While the men were debating the merits of revolution, these women were living it even as the Redcoats landed on their doorsteps. …More

Pre-Civil War & Civil War

 

Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
By Ambrose, Stephen E.
2001-11 - Simon & Schuster
9780743203173 Check our catalog

From the author of "D-Day" and many other works of history, comes a detailed history of the men who built the transcontinental railroad that opened up the west of America. photos. …More

Bound for Canaan Bound for Canaan
By Bordewich, Fergus M.
2005-03 - Amistad Press
9780060524302 Check our catalog

Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2006), Great Lakes Book Awards (2005)

Winner - 2006 ALA Notable Non-Fiction Selection
An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired political movement for change: the Underground Railroad, a movement peopled by daring heroes and heroines, and everyday folk. …More

The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville
By Foote, Shelby
1986-11 - Vintage Books
9780394746234 Check our catalog

FORT SUMTER TO PERRYVILLE
"Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War, as thousands of Americans apparently do, will go through this volume with pleasure.... Years from now, Foote's monumental narrative most likely will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind."--"New York Herald Tribune Book Review
"Here, for a certainty, is one of the …More

1861: The Civil War Awakening 1861: The Civil War Awakening
By Goodheart, Adam
2011-04 - Knopf Publishing Group
9781400040155 Check our catalog

Awards:
Audies (2012), L.A. Times Book Prize (2011)

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of its defining national drama, "1861" presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. The text introduces a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes--among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer's wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of …More

Battle Cry of Freedom Battle Cry of Freedom
By McPherson, James M.
1988-02 - Oxford University Press, USA
9780195038637 Check our catalog

Awards:
Pulitzer Prize (1989)

Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. A fast-paced narrative integrates the political, social and military events from the outbreak in Mexico to the ending at Appomattox. …More

Great Depression & World War II

 

The Greatest Generation The Greatest Generation
By Brokaw, Tom
2005-10 - Random House Trade
9780812975291 Check our catalog

"In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American veterans who had returned for this anniversary, …More

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
By Goodwin, Doris Kearns
1995-10 - Simon & Schuster
9780684804484 Check our catalog

Awards:
Pulitzer Prize (1995)

Winner - 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History
Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, this Pulitzer Prize-winning work paints a detailed, intimate portrait of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt and provides a brilliant narrative account of America during wartime. …More

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
By Hillenbrand, Laura
2010-11 - Random House
9781400064168 Check our catalog

Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2012), Christopher Awards (2011), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2013), Indies Choice Book Awards (2011), L.A. Times Book Prize (2010), Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (2014)

In her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in "Seabiscuit." Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant's journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. …More

Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
By Kennedy, David M.
Introduction by Woodward, C. Vann
1999-05 - Oxford University Press, USA
9780195038347 Check our catalog


Awards:
Ambassador Book Awards (2000), L.A. Times Book Prize (1999), Pulitzer Prize (2000)

Winner - 2000 Pulitzer Prize for History
The newest volume in the award-winning Oxford History of the United States--a brilliant narrative spanning the Great Depression, FDR's New Deal, and the Second World War. 58 illustrations. …More

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940
By Leuchtenburg, William E.
2009-02 - Harper Perennial
9780061836961 Check our catalog

When the stability of American life was threatened by the Great Depression, the decisive and visionary policy contained in FDR's New Deal offered America a way forward. In this groundbreaking work, William E. Leuchtenburg traces the evolution of what was both the most controversial and effective socioeconomic initiative ever undertaken in the United States--and explains how the social …More


 

The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
By Shlaes, Amity
2007-06 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780066211701 Check our catalog

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From one of the nations most respected economic commentators comes a fresh new interpretation of a crucial yet widely misunderstood moment in American history—the Great Depression. …More

Hard Times Hard Times
By Terkel, Studs
1986-08 - Pantheon Books
9780394746913 Check our catalog

'Hard Times doesn't render the time of the Depression or historicize about it--it is that time, its lingo, mood, its tragic and hilarious stories'.--Arthur Miller. …More