Global History and US Foreign Policy
The books, articles, films, and websites in this section will enhance the materials included on our website for this era of American history. Many of the books are by the historians whose essays and lectures you have read and listened to here and offer in-depth studies of the topics that have caught your interest. The websites and other resources open new ways to explore American history and take advantage of new interpretations and new technologies to enhance classroom or at-home learning.
Lange, Karen. 1607: A New Look at Jamestown. Washington, DC: National Geographic Children’s Books, 2007.
O’Neill, William L. A Democracy at War: America’s Fight at Home and Abroad in World War II. New York: Free Press, 1993.
Raphael, Ray. A People’s History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence. New York: New Press, 2001.
Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Murphy, Jim. A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy. New York: Clarion Books, 1996.
Abrahamson, James L. America Arms for a New Century: The Making of a Great Military Power. New York: Free Press, 1981.
Taylor, Alan. American Colonies: The Settling of North America. New York: Penguin Books, 2002. First published 2001 by Viking Putnam.
Halliwell, Martin. American Culture in the 1950s. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007.
O’Neill, William L. American High: The Years of Confidence, 1945–1960. New York: Free Press, 1986.
Tompkins, E. Berkeley. Anti-Imperialism in the United States: The Great Debate, 1890–1920. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1970.
Koistinen, Paul A. C. Arsenal of World War II: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1940–1945. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2004.
Lawrence, Mark Atwood. Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
Prange, Gordon W., with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon. At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor. 60th anniversary ed. New York: Penguin Books, 2001.
Butler, Jon. Becoming America: The Revolution before 1776. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
Haskins, James, and Kathleen Benson. Bound for America: The Forced Migration of Africans to the New World. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1999.
Cooper, John Milton, Jr. Breaking the Heart of the World: Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the League of Nations. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Haskins, James, and Kathleen Benson. Building a New Land: African Americans in Colonial America. Illus. James Ransome. New York: Amistad, 2001.
Mulhall, Jill K. Causes of the Revolution, Primary Source Readers. Huntington Beach, CA: Teacher Created Materials, 2008.
Ehrman, John, and Michael W. Flamm. Debating the Reagan Presidency. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.
Dupont, Christian Y., and Peter S. Onuf, eds. Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America’s Founding Document. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Library, 2008.
Hoffman, Ronald. Diplomacy and Revolution: The Franco-American Alliance of 1778. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1981.
Goldberg, David J. Discontented America: The United States in the 1920s. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Blackett, R.J.M. Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001.
Moreno, Barry. Encyclopedia of Ellis Island. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004.
Horsman, Reginald. Expansion and American Indian Policy, 1783–1812. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1967.
Maestro, Betsy C. Exploration and Conquest: The Americas after Columbus, 1500–1620. With illustrations by Giulio Maestro. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1994.
Cannavale, Vincent C. Voices from Colonial America: Florida, 1513–1821. Washington DC: National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006.
Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
Kennedy, David M. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Maier, Pauline. From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765–1776. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972.
Marrin, Albert. George Washington and the Founding of a Nation. New York: Dutton’s Children’s Books, 2001.
Freedman, Russell. Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence. New York: Holiday House, 2000.
Frum, David. How We Got Here: The 70’s, the Decade That Brought You Modern Life (for Better or Worse). New York: Basic Books, 2000.
Karnow, Stanley. In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines. New York: Ballantine Books, 1990.
Zeiger, Susan. In Uncle Sam’s Service: Women Workers with the American Expeditionary Force, 1917–1919. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999.
Wills, Garry. Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1978.
Cady, Edwin Harrison. John Woolman. New York: Washington Square Press, 1965.
Berkin, Carol. Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974.
Pitkin, Thomas M. Keepers of the Gate: A History of Ellis Island. New York: New York University Press, 1975.
Matthews, Christopher. Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.
Moogk, Peter N. La Nouvelle France: The Making of French Canada—A Cultural History. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2000.
Fink, Leon, ed. Major Problems in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era: Documents and Essays. 2nd ed. Boston MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Stephanson, Anders. Manifest Destiny: American Expansionism and the Empire of Right. New York: Hill and Wang, 1995.
Kennedy, David M. Over Here: The First World War and American Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
Hoffman, Robert, and Peter J. Albert, eds. Peace and the Peacemakers: The Treaty of 1783. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1986.
Greene, Jack P. Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1988.
Parmet, Herbert S. Richard Nixon and His America. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1990.
Nixon, Richard M. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1978.
Berkowitz, Edward D. Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.
McAlister, Lyle N. Spain and Portugal in the New World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.
Gibson, Charles. Spain in America. New York: Harper and Row, 1966.
Rosenberg, Emily S. Spreading the American Dream: American Economic and Cultural Expansion, 1890–1945. New York: Hill and Wang, 1982.
Reimers, David M. Still the Golden Door: The Third World Comes to America. 2nd ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992.
Stinchcombe, William C. The American Revolution and the French Alliance. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1969.
Hanhimaki, Jussi M. and Odd Arne Westad, eds. The Cold War: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Gaddis, John Lewis. The Cold War: A New History. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.
Leuchtenburg, William Edward. The FDR Years: On Roosevelt and His Legacy. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.
Super, John C., ed. The Fifties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2005.
Spalding, Elizabeth Edwards. The First Cold Warrior: Harry Truman, Containment, and the Remaking of Liberal Internationalism. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006.
Westad, Odd Arne. The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Terkel, Studs. “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II. New York: Pantheon Press, 1984.
Bernard, Bailyn. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1967.
Labbe, Dolores Egger. The Louisiana Purchase and Its Aftermath. Lafayette: University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1998.
Klein, Joe. The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton. New York: Doubleday, 2002.
Maestro, Betsy. The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books, 1998.
Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
Keegan, John. The Second World War. New York: Viking, 1990.
Schulman, Bruce J. The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics. New York: Free Press, 2001.
Weber, David J. The Spanish Frontier in North America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.
Freidel, Frank. The Splendid Little War. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1958.
Lawrence, Mark Atwood. The Vietnam War: A Concise International History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Sis, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Thomas, Evan. The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2010.
Trask, David F. The War with Spain in 1898. New York: Macmillan, 1981.
DeConde, Alexander. This Affair of Louisiana. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1976.
Knock, Thomas J. To End All Wars: Woodrow Wilson and the Quest for a New World Order. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995.
Schaap, Jeremy. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.
Beisner, Robert L. Twelve Against Empire: The Anti-Imperialists, 1898–1900. Chicago: Imprint Publications, 1992.
Stuart, Reginald C. United States Expansionism and British North America, 1775–1871. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1988.
Halberstam, David. War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2001.
Brookhiser, Richard. What Would the Founders Do? Our Questions, Their Answers. New York: Basic Books, 2006.
Clements, Kendrick A. William Jennings Bryan: Missionary Isolationist. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1982.
Campbell, D’ann. Women at War with America: Private Lives in a Patriotic Era. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984.
Buehrig, Edward H. Woodrow Wilson and the Balance of Power. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1955.