Reading List: American History
Our history is filled with iconic moments and images that define us as a nation. Celebrate your independence and American-ness with these titles!
How We Have Told Our Past
By Lawrence R. Samuel
Our interpretation and expression of our country’s past reflects how that self-identity has changed over the last one hundred years and created a strong sense of our collective history—one of the few things Americans all have in common.
A Women’s History
by Victoria Lamont
The “Old West” is one of America’s most defining features but the genre that helped define it isn’t just full of the cowboys you might think of.
Standing Bear of the Ponca
Dressing for the Culture Wars
Style and the Politics of Self-Presentation in the 1960s and 1970s
by Betty Luther Hillman
Long hair! Bell-bottoms! Paul Simon!
Upstairs at the Roosevelts’
Growing Up with Franklin and Eleanor
by Curtis Roosevelt
Ever wonder what it’s like to live in the White House? Read this first-hand account to learn more.
Jackie & Campy
The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball’s Color Line
by William Kashatus
Baseball is America’s favorite past time, and Jackie Robinson’s story is one of the most well-known in baseball but this story delves deeper into his importance to history.
The Art of Football
The Early Game in the Golden Age of Illustration
by Michael Oriard
America’s other favorite past time, football, as Oriard illustrates, has always been a spectator’s sport.
Capitalist Family Values
Gender, Work and Corporate Culture at Boeing
by Polly Reed Myers
This archival history illustrates the changing concepts of corporate culture and the rhetoric of a “workplace family” in connection with economic, political, and social changes, providing insight into the operations of one of America’s most powerful and influential firms.
Heroes, Ghosts, and the Paranormal in American Culture
by M. Keith Booker
Are you a Marvel or D. C. fan? Buffy or The X-Files? Or maybe you’re obsessed with supernatural evil, like the New England Puritans? Find it all in this fun read.