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20 American History Books to Educate and Inspire Readers of All Ages

Rediscover what America has meant from 1776 to the modern day.

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Revolutionary Era History Books

Washington

Washington

By James Thomas Flexner

The Freedoms We Lost

The Freedoms We Lost

By Barbara Clark Smith

Early American History Books

The Dawn's Early Light

The Dawn's Early Light

By Walter Lord

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Seizing Destiny

By Richard Kluger

Civil War and Slavery Books

A Slave No More

A Slave No More

By David W. Blight

Mr. Lincoln's Army

Mr. Lincoln's Army

By Bruce Catton

Reconstruction History Books

Liberty and Union

Liberty and Union

By David Herbert Donald

Gilded Era History Books

Love, Fiercely

Love, Fiercely

By Jean Zimmerman

Twenty Years at Hull House

Twenty Years at Hull House

By Jane Addams

Great Depression Books

Since Yesterday

Since Yesterday

By Frederick Lewis Allen

America in the World Wars

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The Deluge

By Adam Tooze

Looking After Minidoka

Looking After Minidoka

By Neil Nakadate

Civil Rights Era History Books

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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years

By Taylor Branch

Answering the Call

Answering the Call

By Nathaniel R. Jones

Modern American History Books

Upstairs at the White House

Upstairs at the White House

By J. B. West

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

By Joan Didion

General American History Books

Dead Distillers

Dead Distillers

By Colin Spoelman and David Haskell

Tobacco

Tobacco

By Iain Gately

Harlem

Harlem

By Jonathan Gill

The Cycles of American History

The Cycles of American History

By Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.