History - United States - 19th Century

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In the Heart of the Sea

Nathaniel Philbrick

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the Titanic disaster was in the twentieth. Nathaniel Philbrick now restores this epic story -- which inspired the climactic scene in Herman Melville...

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Published: May 2001

American Colossus: The Triumph of Cap...

H. W. Brands

In this grand-scale narrative history, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands brilliantly portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America.  American Colossus captures the decades between th...

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Published: Oct 2011

A Cowboy of the Pecos

Patrick Dearen

In the late 1880s, the Pecos River region of Texas and southern New Mexico was known as “the cowboy’s paradise.” And the cowboys who worked in and around the river were known as “the most expert cowboys in the world.” A Cowb...

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Published: Nov 2016

Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the No...

Mark Lee Gardner

Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time. Follow the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step ins...

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Published: Jun 2014

Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of ...

Winston Groom

A thrilling re-creation of a crucial campaign in the Mexican-American War and a pivotal moment in America's history.  In June 1846, General Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with a thousand cavalrymen of the ...

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Published: Nov 2012

Famous Sheriffs and Western Outlaws: ...

William MacLeod Raine

This in-depth collection, unchanged since the 1940s, tells of the most legendary heroes and villains of the Old West. Get swept back to a time when sheriffs did their best to keep order in a lawless land. Read about the likes of Tom H...

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Published: Feb 2012

Wicked River: The Mississippi When It...

Lee Sandlin

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Published: Oct 2011

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pira...

Brian Kilmeade

The mass market edition of the New York Times Bestseller. This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to in...

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Published: Nov 2016

Unfamiliar Fishes

Sarah Vowell

From Puritans to heathens-Sarah Vowell takes on Hawaii in this New York Times bestseller. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be ...

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Published: Mar 2012

Pedestrianism: When Watching People W...

Matthew Algeo

Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America's most popular spectator sport wasn't baseball, boxing, or horseracing—it was competitive walking. Inside sold-out arenas, competitors walked around dirt tracks almost nonsto...

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Published: Sep 2017

The Dalton Brothers: And Their Astoun...

An Eye Witness

Being an outlaw in the Old West was a dangerous, grisly business—twenty-three gunshot wounds and living to tell the tale, falling out of a moving train, decapitation due to a hanging gone wrong, life on the lam, horse thievery, ille...

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Published: Aug 2013

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Bob Blaisdell

One of the most significant and far-reaching events in U. S. history, the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 sharpened and brought to a head a number of crucial questions concerning slavery, states' rights, the legal status of blacks, an...

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Published: Aug 2018

The Antebellum of Savannah

Gregory Bonner

Dear Reader, I wanted to tell all of my friends in Savannah that this story is true. It's about a man in the 1860's that literally used to own the town. He and his father owned all of River Street, the banks, the horse racing tracks, ...

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Published: Jan 2017

The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love o...

H. W. Brands

Even before he was shot dead on the stairway of the tony Grand Central Hotel in 1872, financier James "Jubilee Jim" Fisk, Jr., was a notorious New York City figure. From his audacious attempt to corner the gold market in 186...

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Published: May 2011

The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr: A Tale ...

Henry W. Brands

Though he was a hero of the Revolutionary War, a prominent New York politician, and vice president of the United States, Aaron Burr is today best remembered as the villain who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. But as H. W. Brands ...

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Published: May 2012

The Adventures of the Mountain Men: T...

Stephen Brennan

Incredible stories from those who thrived in the Wild West.The "mountain men" were the hunters and trappers who fiercely strode the Rocky Mountains in the early to mid-1800s. They braved the elements in search of the skins o...

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Published: Jul 2017

No God But Gain: The Untold Story of ...

Stephen Chambers

From 1501 to 1867 more than 12.5 million Africans were brought to the Americas in chains, and many millions died as a result of the slave trade. The US constitution set a 20-year time limit on US participation in the trade, and on Ja...

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Published: Jul 2017

Washington's KKK: The Union League Du...

John Chodes

THIS BOOK TELLS THE SHOCKING STORY of this long forgotten chapter in American history—the story of THE UNION LEAGUE, WASHINGTON'S KKK. The "official" version of Southern Reconstruction is that there was a reign of terror ...

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Published: May 2016

Life Among the Apaches: The Classic H...

John D. Cremony

One of the original seventeenth-century historical accounts of the Apaches and the southwestern American Indians.John C. Cremony's first encounter with the Indians of the Southwest occurred in the early 1850s, when he accompanied John...

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Published: Feb 2015

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of ...

David Brion Davis

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 sl...

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Published: Jan 2015

Food & Provisions of the Mountain Men...

Larry M. Edwards

Food & Provisions of the Mountain Men is a guide to historically accurate food and provisions of the fur trappers, traders, and explorers who went to the Rocky Mountains at a time when beaver fur was worth more than gold.This third ed...

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Published: Apr 2017

Jefferson's America: The President, t...

Julie M. Fenster

The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration—and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation.  At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain,...

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Published: May 2017

A Disease in the Public Mind: A New U...

Thomas Fleming

In this riveting, character-driven history, one of our most respected historians traces the diseases in the public mind—the distortions of reality—that destroyed George Washington's vision of a united America and inflicted the tra...

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Published: May 2014

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden Histor...

Eric Foner

The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom.More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's history. Now, making brilliant use...

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Published: Jan 2016

The Red and the White: A Family Saga ...

Andrew R. Graybill

Winner of the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award. One of the American West's bloodiest—and least-known—massacres is searingly re-created in this generation-spanning history of native-white intermarriage. At dawn o...

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Published: Sep 2014

The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of ...

Jeff Guinn

On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, in a vacant lot in Tombstone, Arizona, a confrontation between eight armed men erupted in a deadly shootout. The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral would shape how future generations came to view the Old...

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Published: May 2012

American Apostles: When Evangelicals ...

Christine Leigh Heyrman

The surprising tale of the first American Protestant missionaries to proselytize in the Muslim worldIn American Apostles, the Bancroft Prize-winning historian Christine Leigh Heyrman brilliantly chronicles the first fateful collision ...

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Published: Sep 2016

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the R...

Tony Horwitz

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011A Library Journal Top Ten Best Books of 2011A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Leadi...

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Published: Aug 2012

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson...

Steve Inskeep

"The story of the Cherokee removal has been told many times, but never before has a single book given us such a sense of how it happened and what it meant, not only for Indians, but also for the future and soul of America." ...

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Published: May 2016

How Desolate Our Home Bereft Of Thee

Sue Jensen Weeks

In April, 1866, at the height of the Black Hawk Wars, Mormon settlers in the village of Circleville, Utah, took a band of Paiute Indians hostage and murdered all of them, except four young children thought too young to bear witness. S...

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Published: Oct 2014
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