history extra

HIST 1483               




This is a brief list of books from which you can write a book review for extra credit.   Please see me after class if you need any information about them.   Reviews should be three or four double-spaced pages, typed, and provide BOTH a nice synopsis of the book and a general critique.   Students will receive up to 50 points for each book review they complete.  


Colonial Era






Nick Bunker, Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and their World, a


            New History




Alberto Galindo, In Search of the Inca: Destiny and Utopia in the Andes




Alison Games, Witchcraft in Early North America




Robert Goodwin, Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540: The Story of the First African-


            American Explorer of the American South




Ramon Gutierrez, ‘When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away’: Marriage,


            Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846




David Hall, A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in


            New England




James Horn, A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of






Richard Ligon, A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados




Daniel Mandell, King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End


            of Indian Sovereignty




Edmund Morgan, The Puritan Dilemma




Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom




Mary Beth Norton, In the Devil’s Snare




Owen Stanwood, The Empire Reformed: English America in the Age of the Glorious






Harry Stout, The New England Soul




Barry Levy, Quakers and the American Family


Revolutionary America




Catherine Adams, Love of Freedom: Black Women in Colonial and Revolutionary






John Alexander, Samuel Adams: The Life of an American Revolutionary




Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution




Edwin Burrows, Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners during the


            Revolutionary War




Joseph Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation




Julie Flavell, When London was Capital of America




Richard Godbeer, Sexual Revolution in Early America




Susan Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in


            America, 1760-1820




Pauline Maier, Ratification: the People Debate the Constitution, 1787-88




Pauline Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence




Mary Beth Norton, Liberty’s Daughters:




Jack Rakove, Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America




Gordon Wood, The Radicalism of the America Revolution






Jeffersonian Era




Stephen Ambrose, Undaunted Courage




Joseph Ellis, After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture




Edward Larson, A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800,


            America’s First Presidential Campaign




John C. Miller, The Federalist Era




Robert M. Owens, Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of


            American Indian Policy




Ben Rose, Mother of Freedom: Mum Bett and the Roots of Abolition




Robert Tucker, Empire of Liberty: The Statecraft of Thomas Jefferson






Early National and Jacksonian Periods






Will Bagley, Overland West: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848




Paul Johnson, A Shopkeepers’ Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York,






Paul Johnson and Sean Wilentz, The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation


            in 19th-Century America




Lawrence Kohl, The Politics of Individualism: Parties and the American Character in the


            Jacksonian Era




Peter Kolchin, American Slavery




Walter Nugent, Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion




James Parins, Elias Cornelius Boudinot: A Life on the Cherokee Border




Michael Paul Rogin, Fathers and Children




Jay Sexton, The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America




Charles Sellers, The Market Revolution






Mid-19th Century Social, Political, Economic, and Cultural




Stuart Blumin, The Emergence of the Middle Class: Social Experience in the American


            City, 1760-1900




Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Honor and Violence in the Old South




Alfred Chandler, The Visible Hand




Carol Faulkner, Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s rights in 19th century






Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party


            Before the Civil War




Lori Ginzberg, Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life




Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden




Robert McGlone, John Brown’s War Against Slavery




Sally McMillen, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement




William Moran, The Belles of New England




James Oakes, The Ruling Race: A History of American Slaveholders




Robert Remini, At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise that Saved


the Union




Christine Stansell, City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860




Edgar Thompson, The Plantation




Peter Wood, Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the


            Stono Rebellion




Civil War and Reconstruction




Michael Les Benedict, The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson




Edward Bonekemper, Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian




Victoria Bynum, The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies




David Eicher, Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War




Drew Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War




Eric Foner, Reconstruction, 1863-1877: America’s Unfinished Revolution




Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery




Michael Green, Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War




James McPherson, Battle Cry Freedom: The Civil War Era




Phillip Paludan, The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln




Joan Waugh, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth




C. Vann Woodward, Reunion and Reaction


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