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Colonial Era

The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius.  Joyce Chaplin.

And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails. Wayne Curtis.

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Walter Isaacson.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin.

"Monetary Innovation in America." Ricahrd Sylla. The Journal of Economic History, 42(1), March 1982, pp. 21-30.

“Currency Finance: An Interpretation of Colonial Money Practices.” E. James Ferguson. The William and Mary Quarterly, 10(2), April 1953, pp. 153-180.

Revolutionary-era paper money: http://www.frbsf.org/education/teacher-resources/american-currency-exhibit/independence

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. Tony Horwitz. 


The Revolution

The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence. T.H. Breen.

The Trouble with Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine. Paul Collins.

A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution. Theodore Draper.

Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82. Elizabeth Anne Fenn.

The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America. Steven Johnson. 


The New Republic

Alexander Hamilton. Ron Chernow.

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic. Joseph Ellis.

Hamilton’s Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt. John Steele Gordon.

The Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830. Paul Johnson.

The Whiskey Rebels. David Liss. (Historical fiction)

The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800. Jay Winik.

"Report on Public Credit." Alexander Hamilton.


Civil War and Lincoln

Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power. Gene Dattel.

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. Drew Gilpin Faust.

Flashman and the Angel of the Lord. George MacDonald Fraser (historical fiction).

Angels and Ages: Lincoln, Darwin, and the Birth of the Modern Age. Adam Gopnik.

The State of Jones. Sally Jenkins.

Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural. Ronald C. White, Jr.

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America. Garry Wills.

April 1865: The Month That Saved America. Jay Winik.

Big Cotton: How a Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations, and Put America on the Map. Stephen Yafa.

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War. Tony Horwitz. 

The New York Times's Complete Civil War. Harold Holzer, ed. 


American Industrial Revolution/ Progressive Era

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum (fiction).

Hear that Lonesome Whistle Blow: Railroads in the West. Dee Brown.

The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in America Business. Alfred D. Chandler.

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Ron Chernow.

A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. Michael Kazin.

An American Idea: The Making of the National parks. Kim Heacox.

A Hazard of New Fortunes. William Dean Howells (fiction).

The Rise of Silas Lapham. William Dean Howells (fiction).

A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America. Michael McGerr.

The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea. John Micklethwait.

Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend. Scott Reynolds Nelson.

The Rise of Big Business 1860-1920. Glenn Porter.

“A Reappraisal of the Causes of the Farm Protest in the United States, 1870-1900.” Anne Mayhew. The Journal of Economic History, 32(2), June 1972, pp. 464-475.

Homestead: The Glory and Tragedy of an American Steel Town. William Serrin.

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. T.J. Stiles.

Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller. Steve Weinberg.

 "The Homestead Law in an Incongruous Land System.” Paul Wallace Gates. The American Historical Review, 41(4), July 1936, pp. 652-681.

Roots of Steel. Deborah Rudacille.

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Daniel Okrent.


World War One

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. John M. Barry.

The Devil’s Flu: The World’s Deadliest Influenza Epidemic and the Scientific Hunt for the Virus That Caused It. Pete Davies.

Crusader Nation: The United States in Peace and the Great War, 1898-1920. David Traxel.


Tulsa Race Riot

The Questions that Remain, special Tulsa World web feature


The Great Depression

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. James Agee.

The World in Depression, 1929-1929. Charles Kindleberger.  

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of the Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Timothy Egan.

The Secret Diary of Harold L. Ickes: The First Thousand Days, 1933-1936. Harold Ickes.

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression. Studs Terkel.

Such as Us:  Southern Voice of the Thirties. Tom E. Terrill.

“Ideology and the Great Depression: Monetary History Rewritten.”  Anne Mayhew. Journal of Economic Issues, 17(2), June 1983, pp. 353-360.

Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. Donald Worster.

Did Monetary Forces Cause the Great Depression? Peter Temin.

The Woman Behind the New Deal. Kirstin Downey.



Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment. Eleanor Clift.

The American Plague. Molly Caldwell Crosby.

The Lowell Offering: Writings by New England Mill Women (1840-1845).Benita Eisler.

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power. John Steele Gordon.

The Belles of New England: The Women of the Textile Mills and the Families Whose Wealth They Wove. William Moran.

Our Mothers’ War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II. Emily Yellin.

What is History? Edward Carr.   

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America. John M. Barry.

Double Eage: The Epic Story of the World's Most Valuable Coin. Alison Frankel.