Synthesis Edit

Themes Edit

  • Capitalism
  • Republicanism
  • Slavery

Chronology/Key Events Edit

Reading ListEdit

First Encounters/Conquest/Colonial America (4 Books, 1 Article) Edit


Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.


Greene, Jack. Pursuit of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.


Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. New York: W. W. Norton, 1976.


Vaughan, Alden T. “The Origins Debate: Slavery and Racism in Seventeenth-Century Virginia.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 97:3 (July 1989): 311-354.


White, Richard. The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650 – 1815. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.


The Revolutionary Era/Early Republic (7 Books, 1 Article) Edit


Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967.


Egerton, Douglas R. Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. New York: Oxford, 2009.

Holton, Woody. Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.


Kerber, Linda. Women of the Republic. Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1980.


Nash, Gary B. Urban Crucible: The Northern Seaports and the Origins of the American Revolution. Abridged edition. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979.

Rodgers, Daniel. “Republicanism: The Career of a Concept.” Journal of American History 79:1 (June 1992): 11-38.

White, Ashli. Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 2012.

Wood, Gordon S. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1969.

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The Market Revolution (8 Books, 1 Article) Edit

Appleby, Joyce. Capitalism and New Social Order: The Republican Vision of the 1790s. New York: New York University Press, 1984.


Boydston, Jeanne. Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic. New York: Oxford, 1990.


Blumin, Stuart M. The Emergence of the Middle Class: Social Experience in the American City, 1760 – 1900. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989.


Clark, Christopher. The Roots of Rural Capitalism: Western Massachusetts, 1780-1860. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.


Henretta, James. “Families and Farms: Mentalite in Pre-Industrial America.” William and Mary Quarterly 35:1 (1978): 3-32.


Sandage, Scott A. Born Losers: A History of Failure in America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005.


Sellers, Charles. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815 – 1846. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Watson, Harry. Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America. New York: Hill and Wang, 1990.

Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction (14 books) Edit


Baptist, Edward. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Basic Books, 2014.


Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton: A Global History. Knopf, 2014.

Bender, Thomas, ed. The Antislavery Debate: Capitalism and Abolitionism as a Problem in Historical Interpretation. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.


Du Bois, W. E. B. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860 – 1880. 1935. New York: Free Press, 1935.

Fields, Barbara Jeanne. Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the Nineteenth Century. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

Foner, Eric. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969.


Foner, Eric. A Short History of Reconstruction, 1863 – 1877. New York: Harper and Row, 1990.


Genovese, Eugene D. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. New York: Pantheon, 1974.


Harris, Leslie. In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626 – 1863. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.


Johnson, Walter. Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999.


Johnson, Walter. River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. Belknap, 2013.


Manning, Chandra. What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.


Oakes, James. Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861 – 1865. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2013.


Stanley, Amy Dru. From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Labor (2 Books, 1 Article) Edit


Gutman, Herbert. “Work, Culture, and Society in Industrializing America,” The American Historical Review, Vol. 78, No. 3 (Jun. 1973), pp. 531-588.


Laurie, Bruce. Artisans into Workers: Labor in Nineteenth-Century America. University of Illinois Press, 1977.

Roediger, David R. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. New York: Verso, 1991.

Encounter, Expansion and Empire: (5 Books) Edit

Limerick, Patricia. The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West. W.W. Norton, 1987.

McGuinness, Aims. Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Press, 2009.

Osterhammel, Jurgen. The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Richardson, Heather Cox. West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War. Yale University Press, 2008.