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Joseph Smith
Rough Stone Rolling
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7753-3 (1-4000-7753-2)

Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Refinement of America
Persons, Houses, Cities
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 1993
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74414-6 (0-679-74414-2)

The Refinement of America is an exciting and original analysis of how the concern for stylishness, taste, beauty, and politeness that began to be felt in America after 1700 changed the nation's future development as a society and culture.  Bushman shows that the visions of a more elegant life both complemented and... Read more >
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The Long Walk to Freedom
Runaway Slave Narratives
Edited by Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6912-7 (0-8070-6912-4)

In this groundbreaking compilation of first-person accounts of the runaway slave phenomenon, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning eight decades–more than half of which have been long out of print. Told in the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, these narratives reveal the extraordinary and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Eyewitness to America
500 Years of American History in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen
Edited by David Colbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 28, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76724-4 (0-679-76724-X)

Three hundred eyewitnesses--some famous, some anonymous--give their personal accounts of the great moments that make up our past, from Columbus to cyberspace, and infuse them with a freshness and urgency no textbook can duplicate. David Colbert has brought together a multitude of voices to create a singularly rich American narrative.  Here are... Read more >

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Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage
The First Peoples of Alaska
Edited by Aron A. Crowell, Rosita Worl, Paul C. Ongtooguk and Dawn D. Biddison


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-270-6 (1-58834-270-0)

Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska features more than 200 objects representing the masterful artistry and design traditions of twenty Alaska Native peoples. Based on a collaborative exhibition created by Alaska Native communities, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the... Read more >

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Ten Tea Parties
Patriotic Protests That History Forgot
Written by Joseph Cummins


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-560-7 (1-59474-560-9)

Every kid knows the story of 1773’s Boston Tea Party, in which colonists ambushed three British ships and dumped 92,000 pounds of tea into Boston Harbor. But do you know the story of the New Jersey Tea Party (December 1773)? How about the Annapolis Tea Party (October 1774) or the Charleston... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Pursuit of Reason
The Life of Thomas Jefferson
Written by Noble E. Cunningham, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-35380-1 (0-345-35380-3)

In Pursuit of Reason fills a long-standing need of interested students and scholars for an authoritative single-volume biography of Thomas Jefferson. Whereas Jefferson biographies of the past have proven daunting, even impenetrable, because of their size, Noble E. Cunningham, Jr., has produced a first-rate biography that is as concise as it... Read more >


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January 6, 2015
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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

Written by David Brion Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38969-5 (0-307-38969-3)

With this volume, Davis presents the age of emancipation as a model for reform and as probably the greatest landmark of willed moral progress in human history. Bringing to a close his staggeringly ambitious, prizewinning trilogy on slavery in Western culture Davis offers original and penetrating insights into what slavery and... Read more >
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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

Written by David Brion Davis


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26909-6 (0-307-26909-4)

From the revered historian, the long-awaited conclusion of the magisterial history of slavery and emancipation in Western culture that has been nearly fifty years in the making.

David Brion Davis is one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bancroft Prize... Read more >
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A Country With No Name
Tales from the Constitution
Written by Sebastian De Grazia


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74422-1 (0-679-74422-3)

This groundbreaking work intends nothing short of a revolution in how we think about the "American" constitution and government. In A Country with No Name, Claire St. John, a stylish and mysterious Englishwoman who is completing her university studies, spends two weeks tutoring a young American, Oliver Huggins, in American history.

St... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville
Introduction by Joseph Epstein


Format: Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21464-2 (0-553-21464-0)

From America’s call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, Democracy in America–first published in 1835–enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character. For today’s readers, de Tocqueville’s concern about the effect of majority rule on the rights of individuals remains... Read more >

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Artifacts of the Spanish Colonies of Florida and the Caribbean, 1500-1800
Volume 2: Portable Personal Possessions
Written by Kathleen Deagan


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2002
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-035-1 (1-58834-035-X)

This long-awaited follow-up to Deagan’s first volume on ceramics, glassware, and beads focuses on the portable personal objects owned and used by the residents of Spanish colonial America. These objects are not only of Spanish origin; the collection includes many English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, and American pieces as well. Deagan... Read more >

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In Small Things Forgotten
An Archaeology of Early American Life
Written by James Deetz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48399-5 (0-385-48399-6)

History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Times of Their Lives
Life, Love, and Death in Plymouth Colony
Written by James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz


Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72153-0 (0-385-72153-6)

James Deetz, who until his death was a leading expert on the archaeology of Plymouth Colony, and his wife, cultural historian Patricia Scott Deetz, give a realistic and fascinating picture of life in colonial America as they recount, in colorful detail, the true story of Plymouth Colony.

The Pilgrims were not the... Read more >

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The Heathen School
A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic
Written by John Demos


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 2, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78112-7 (0-679-78112-9)

The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and the America it embodied—from award-winning historian John Demos.

Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.&rdquo... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Heathen School
A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic
Written by John Demos


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-45510-3 (0-679-45510-8)

The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and the America it embodied—from award-winning historian John Demos.

Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.&rdquo... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Unredeemed Captive
A Family Story from Early America
Written by John Demos


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75961-4 (0-679-75961-1)

Nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize and the Ray Allen Billington Prize

In 1704 a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, abducting an eminent Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams and most... Read more >
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Inheriting the Trade
A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7282-0 (0-8070-7282-6)

In 2001, Thomas DeWolf discovered that he was related to the most successful slave-trading family in U.S. history, responsible for transporting at least ten thousand Africans. This is his memoir of the journey in which ten family members retraced their ancestors’ steps through the notorious triangle trade route–from New England to... Read more >
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How Capitalism Saved America
The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present
Written by Thomas DiLorenzo


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: August 23, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8331-2 (1-4000-8331-1)

In How Capitalism Saved America. DiLorenzo, a professor of economics, demonstrates how capitalism has made America the most prosperous nation on earth—and how the sort of government regulation that politicians and pundits endorse has hindered economic growth, caused higher unemployment, raised prices, and created many other problems. He propels the reader... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Struggle for Power
The American Revolution
Written by Theodore Draper


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $16.80
ISBN: 978-0-679-77642-0 (0-679-77642-7)

Coming from one of our most creative and gifted historians, A Struggle for Power offers students a boldly argued reinterpretation of the defining event in our nation's history, portraying the American Revolution not as a clash of ideologies, but as a Machiavellian struggle for power.  Drawing on a wealth of contemporary documents... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Written by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0040-3 (0-8070-0040-X)

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lewis & Clark
The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Written by Dayton Duncan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 31, 1999
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70652-3 (0-375-70652-6)

This companion volume to Ken Burns' PBS documentary provides a richly detailed, factual account of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery and its trek across the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.

Including over 150 illustrations--most in full color--and numerous excerpts from the journals kept by the two captains and four enlisted men, Lewis... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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That Dark and Bloody River

Written by Allan Eckert


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 1, 1996
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37865-8 (0-553-37865-1)

In That Dark and Bloody River Allan W. Eckert chronicles a turning point in American history, as colonists began the first great expansion westward into the Ohio River Valley. In this day-by-day narrative history, spanning nearly eighty years and peopled with fascinating characters both familiar (such as Daniel Boone) and less... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Representations of Slavery
Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums
Written by Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-096-2 (1-58834-096-1)

How is slavery presented at the public and private plantation museums in the American South, almost 150 years after the Civil War? Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small investigated this question in Virginia, Georgia, and Louisiana by touring more than one hundred plantation museums; twenty locations organized and run by African... Read more >

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American Creation
Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27645-2 (0-307-27645-7)

Acclaimed historian Joseph J. Ellis brings his unparalleled talents to this riveting account of the early years of the Republic.

The last quarter of the eighteenth century remains the most politically creative era in American history, when a dedicated group of men undertook a bold experiment in political ideals. It was a... Read more >
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