Ellen Carol DuBois and Lynn Dumenil, Through Women’s Eyes: An American History with Documents, 3rd edition. Boston and New York: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2012. Used this textbook to teach “HIST 037: Women in American History.” Comes in either a single volume or double volume that splits at 1900. Each chapter has a timeline of important events, a bibliography and notes section, and primary-source documents that are textual and visual.
Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, Vol. 1, Seagull 4th edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2014. Pp. xxix, 416. ISBN-13: 978-0393920307. Used this textbook to teach “HIST 017: History of the United States to 1877.” Comes in either a single volume or double volume that splits at 1877. Comes with a glossary of terms and section on further reading. Each chapter is concise and informative and includes a variety of supplemental teaching materials.
Melvin Yazawa et al., Documents for America’s History, Vol 1: to 1877, 7th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. Pp. xiii, 736. ISBN-13: 978-0312648626. Used this as a primary-source reader for “HIST 017: History of the United States to 1877.” The first volume in a two-part series that splits at 1877. Pairs well with Foner’s Give me Liberty! Offers hundreds of pages of primary sources, each of them contextualized with a short paragraph.
John M. Murrin, Pekka Hämäläinen, Paul E. Johnson, Denver Brunsman, James M. McPherson, Alice Fahs, Gary Gerstle, Emily S. Rosenberg, and Norman L. Rosenberg, Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, 7th edition. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2015. Pp. xxxvi, 10008. ISBN: 1305084136. No experience with this textbook, but some prefer it to Foner’s Give Me Liberty! for US History. Comes in two volumes split at 1877 or one comprehensive volume.
John Hope Franklin and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, 9th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010. Pp. 736. ISBN: 0072963786. First written by John Hope Franklin in 1947 and updated ever since. Higginbotham has rewritten and updated the text to reflect latest scholarship and has taken the story up through the election of Barack Obama in 2008. Commonly used for surveys in African-American History.
Thomas C. Hold, Elsa Barkley Brown, and Thomas Paterson (eds.), Major Problems in African-American History: Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1877. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2000. Pp. xiii, 434. 0669249912. Primary-source reader for African-American History. A second volume, From Freedom to Freedom Now, 1865-1990s can be used for the modern half of the survey. Includes primary sources and analytical essays by historians.
Kevin Shillington, History of Africa. 3rd Ed. New York: Palgrave Macmilan, 2012. Pp. xxvi, 528. 978-0-230-30847-3. Fairly good textbook for use in the survey courses in African History. Originally written in 1998, and updated several times. Has a few minor problems of interpretation. For that reason, some say that they prefer to use Africa in World History by Erik Gilbert and Jonathan T. Reynolds.
Erik Gilbert and Jonathan T. Reynolds. Africa in World History: From Prehistory to the Present. 3rd Ed. London: Pearson Publishing, 2011. Pp. 480. 978-0205053995. Great textbook survey courses in African History. The authors situate Africa’s long history in the scope of world history more broadly. An alternative to Kevin Shillington’s History of Africa.
Maria Montoya, Laura A. Belmonte, Carl J. Guarneri, Steven Hackel, Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, and Lon Kurashige. Global Americans: A History of the United States. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. Pp. xxviii, 869. 978-0618833108. Great textbook for survey courses on US History. The authors situate the US within the scope of world history more broadly by using the framework of “global Americans.” An alternative to Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty!
Eric Foner. Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History. 5th Ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2016. Pp. 362. 0393614492. Document reader meant to be paired with Foner’s Give Me Liberty! Comes in two volumes that correspond to the first and second half of the survey. Personally, I do not like it because its sources are too short, disconnected, and lacking in a few key areas. I prefer Yazawa’s Documents for American History.
John Hollitz. Contending Voices: Biographical Explorations of the American Past. 3rd
Ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2011. Pp. vii, 277. 978-1305655935. Great option for a document reader for the US survey. Comes in two volumes, split at 1877. Each chapter presents a period of history through biographies of individuals on different sides of a particular issue. Concludes with primary sources. From my experience, students respond well to this book in discussion.
David Northrup. Africa’s Discovery of Europe, 1450-1850. 2nd Ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Pp. xii, 208. 978-0-19534053-2. Textbook for classes on Africa during the era of its engagement with the Atlantic World economy. Six chapters on Africans’ encounters with Europeans in the four centuries before 1850. Subjects include first sightings, politics and religion, commerce and culture, Atlantic imports and technology, Africans in Europe, and passages into slavery.