All of the following are approved for the required summer and quarterly reading. Books marked with an * are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED selections.
David McCullough. John Adams. Benson Bobrick. Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution.* Gordon Wood. The Radicalism of the American Revolution.* Joseph Ellis. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson. Mary Beth Norton. Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800.
Catherine Clinton. The Plantation Mistress: A Woman’s World in the Old South.* Marie Jenkins Schwartz. Born in Bondage: Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum South.* Dee Brown. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. Christine Stansell. City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860.* Bruce Levine. Half Slave and Half Free: The Roots of the Civil War.*
Eric Foner. A Short History of Reconstruction.* Leon Litwack. Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery.* H. W. Brands.The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s. Patricia Nelson Limerick. A Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West.* Michael McGerr. A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920.* Jacqueline Jones. Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family, From Slavery to the Present.*
Ronald Takaki. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. David M. Kennedy. Over Here: The First World War and American Society. Lynn Dumenil. The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s. * Robert McElvaine. The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941.* David M. Kennedy. Freedom From Fear: The United States, 1929-1943. Tom Brokaw. The Greatest Generation. Sara Evans. Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left.* Ruth Rosen. The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America.* Michael H. Hunt. A Vietnam War Reader: American and Vietnamese Perspectives.* Leon Litwack. Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow.* Harvard Sitkoff. The Struggle for Black Equality, 1954-1992.* Todd Gitlin. The Sixities: Years of Hope, Days of Rage.* Michael Kazin. America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s.* Gretchen Lemke Santangelo: Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Counterculture.* Doris Kearns Goodwin. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.* Bruce Schulman. The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society and Politics.* Dan T. Carter. From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994.* Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.* John Lewis. Walking With The Wind: A Memoir of the Movement.* Rick Perlstein. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America.* Joshua Bloom and Waldo E Martin Jr. Black Against Empire: The History and The Politics of The Black Panther Party.*