Colonial United States

Contact, Middle Ground, Conquest: Settlers and American Indians

Anderson, Fred. The Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America
Axtell, James. The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America
Bailyn, Bernard. The Peopling of British North America
Brooks, James F. Captives & Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands
Calloway, Colin. One Vast Winter Count: the Native American West before Lewis & Clark
Cressy, David. Coming Over: Migration and Communication Between England and New England in the Seventeenth Century
Cronon, William. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
Demos, John. The Unredeemed Captive
Eccles, W.J. France In America
Gutierrez, Ramon A. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846
Jennings, Francis. Empire of Fortune: Crowns, Colonies, and Tribes in the Seven Years’ War in America.
Kupperman, Karen. Settling with the Indians: The Meeting of English and Indian Cultures in America, 1580-1640
Richter, Daniel. Facing East From Indian Country: A Native History of Early America
Usner, Daniel H. Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley Before 1783
White, Richard. The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815.
Weber, David J. The Spanish Frontier in North America

The Northern and Middle Colonies

Berkin, Carol. First Generations: Women in Colonial America
Bonomi, Patricia. A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York
Bonomi, Patricia. Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial North America
Bremer, Francis J. John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founding Father
Bushman, Richard. From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765
Bushman, Richard. The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities
Butler, Jon. Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People
Dayton, Cornelia Hughes. Women Before the Bar: Law and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789
Kamensky, Jane. Governing the Tongue
Karlsen, Carol. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England
Lemon, James T. The Best Poor Man’s Country: Early Southeastern Pennsylvania
Levy, Barry. Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley
Merwick, Donna. Possessing Albany, 1630-1710: The Dutch and English Experiences
Morgan, Edmund. Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea
Noll, Mark A. The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys
Peterson, Mark A. The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England
Taylor, Alan and Eric Foner. American Colonies
Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Good Wives
White, Shane. Somewhat More Independent: The End of Slavery in New York City, 1770-1810 OR Foote, Thelma Wills. Black and White Manhattan: The History of Racial Formation in New York City OR Gomez, Michael Angelo. Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South
Winship, Michael P. Making Heretics: Militant Protestantism and Free Grace in Massachusetts, 1636-1641 (antinomians)

Note: Check out William and Mary Quarterly for broad review essays.

The Southern Colonies

Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone
Brown, Kathleen. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs
Davis, David Brion. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution
Fischer, Kirsten. Suspect Relations: Sex, Race, and Resistance in Colonial North Carolina.
Horn, James. Adapting to a New World: English Society in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake.
Isaac, Rhys. The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790
Jordan, Winthrop. White over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro 1550-1812.
Kulikoff, Allan. Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake, 1680-1800
Morgan, Edmund. American Slavery, American Freedom.
Morgan, Philip. Slave Counterpoint, Black Culture in the Eighteenth Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry.

The Revolution: Causes and Experiences

Appleby, Joyce. Thomas Jefferson
Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
Breen, T.H. The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence
Bushman, Richard. King and People in Provincial Massachusetts
Crow, Jeffery and Larry Tise, ed. The Southern Experience in the American Revolution
Foner, Eric. Tom Paine and Revolutionary America
Holton, Woody. Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia
Maier, Pauline. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence.
Nash, Gary. The Urban Crucible: The Northern Seaports and the Origins of the American Revolution
Norton, Mary Beth. Liberty’s Daughters
Royster, Charles. A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army and American Character, 1775-1790
Wood, Gordon. The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Creating the Republic: Constitution and Nationhood

Aron, Stephen. How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay
Banning, Lance. The Jeffersonian Persuasion: Evolution of a Party Ideology
Edling, Max. A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State
Kerber, Linda. Women of the Republic
McKittrick, Eric and Stanley Elkins. The Age of Federalism
Rakove, Jack. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
Taylor, Alan. Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820
Taylor, Alan. William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic
Waldstreicher, David. In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820

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