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!

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Remembering America:

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.

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Westerns

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.

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Standing Bear of the Ponca

by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Illustrated by Thomas Floyd
The story of Standing Bear, whose famous trial confirmed the legal rights of Native Americans, is a must-have for every young readers’ shelf.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Superpower

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.