C. Vann Woodward. Thinking Back: The Perils of Writing History. Joseph J. Ellis. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. Gordon S. Wood. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. John Wigger. American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists. Jon Butler. Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776. David Hackett Fischer. Washington’s Crossing. Edmund S. Morgan. American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. Eugene D. Genovese. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. Richard S. Dunn. Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713. Ira Berlin. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Simon Schama. Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution. Edward L. Ayers. The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction. Fred Anderson. A People’s Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Year’s War. Richard W. Fox. Jesus in America: Personal Savior, Cultural Hero, National Obsession.
Charles Royster. The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans.
Jack N. Rakove. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution.
Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore. Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950.
Nina Silber. The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900.
Milton Friedman. Capitalism and Freedom.
Ferdinand Braudel. The Structures of Everyday Life: The Limits of the Possible.
James M. McPherson. For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War.
________. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era.
Peter H. Wood. Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion.
Bertram Wyatt-Brown. Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South.
Daniel Walker Howe. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.
John D. Unruh, Jr. The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-1860.
Charles Reagan Wilson. Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis.
William M. Barney. The Making of a Confederate: Walter Lenior’s Civil War.
Peter Wallenstein. Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law – An American History.
Bernard Bailyn. The Origins of American Politics.
Bryan D. Palmer. Cultures of Darkness: Night Travels in the Histories of Transgression [From Medieval to Modern].
* As I read the books, they will be crossed off the list.