American History

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  1. Book ImageThe Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

    Sean Wilentz

    Winner of the Bancroft Award: "Monumental…a tour de force…awesome in its coverage of political events."—Gordon Wood, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  2. Book ImageThe Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics

    Sean Wilentz

    One of our most eminent historians reminds us of the commanding role party politics has played in America’s enduring struggle against economic inequality.More

  3. Book ImageBlood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations

    Charles F. Wilkinson

    "A stirring history of the tribal sovereignty movement." —Publishers WeeklyMore

  4. Book ImageWest Virginia: A History

    John Alexander Williams

    John Alexander Williams's West Virginia: A History is widely considered one of the finest books ever written about the state.More

  5. Book ImageCity of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York

    Mason B. Williams

    “Fascinating. . . . Williams tells the story of La Guardia and Roosevelt with insight and elegance.”—Edward Glaeser, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  6. Book ImageThe New Exiles: American War Resisters in Canada

    Roger N. Williams, William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

    More Americans have fled to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War than have died in Vietnam. This is the story of that burgeoning exile community now estimated at from 40,000 to 100,000 strong.More

  7. Book ImageThe Contours of American History

    William Appleman Williams

    "A very good book indeed.... It is quietly reasoned, beautifully ordered, and spirited as hell.... [It] is not a book for children, nostalgic or otherwise."—Loren Baritz, The NationMore

  8. Book ImageAmerica in Vietnam: A Documentary History

    William Appleman Williams, Thomas McCormick, Lloyd C. Gardner, Et Al.

    This collection of essays and documents, written and compiled by four distinguished historians, is an essential source book for anyone seeking to understand the causes, character, and consequences of American involvement in Vietnam.More

  9. Book ImageThe Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution

    Sam Willis

    A fascinating naval perspective on one of the greatest of all historical conundrums: How did thirteen isolated colonies, which in 1775 began a war with Britain without a navy or an army, win their independence from the greatest naval and military power on earth?More

  10. Book ImagePatriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War

    Edmund Wilson

    Regarded by many critics as Edmund Wilson's greatest book, Patriotic Gore brilliantly portrays the vast political, spiritual, and material crisis of the Civil War as reflected in the lives and writings of some thirty representative Americans.More

  11. Book ImageLincoln's Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC

    Kenneth J. Winkle

    The stirring history of a president and a capital city on the front lines of war and freedom.More

  12. Book ImageGunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America

    Adam Winkler

    A provocative history that reveals how guns—not abortion, race, or religion—are at the heart of America's cultural divide.More

  13. Book ImageThe Trial of Anne Hutchinson: Liberty, Law, and Intolerance in Puritan New England

    Michael P. Winship, Mark C. Carnes

    Part of the Reacting to the Past series, The Trial of Anne Hutchinson breathes life into a pivotal moment for religious tolerance in American history.More

  14. Book ImageBlack Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion

    Peter H. Wood

    A groundbreaking study of two cultures in early America.

  15. Book ImageThe Political Economy of the Cotton South: Households, Markets, and Wealth in the Nineteenth Century

    Gavin Wright

    The impact of cotton and slavery in the nineteenth century American South was so dramatic and enduring that neither the region nor the nation has yet escaped from the influence of that era of regional prominence.More

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