Through Women's Eyes

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. I have used this textbook to teach “HIST 037: Women in American History” at Solano Community College. It can come in either a single volume or a double volume that splits the history at the year 1900. This book is great because each chapter features a timeline of important events, a bibliography and notes section, and a set of primary-source documents that are both textual and visual. 

Give me Liberty! 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. I have used this textbook to teach “HIST 017: History of the United States to 1877” at Solano Community College. It can come in either a single volume or a double volume that splits the history at 1877. This book is great because it comes with a glossary of terms and section on further reading. Each chapter is concise and informative, with supplemental materials like a chronology of events, a few images and maps, a chapter review, and some questions.  

Documents for America's History

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. I have used this book as a primary-source reader for “HIST 017: History of the United States to 1877” at Solano Community College. It is the first volume in a two-part series that splits American History at 1877. It pairs well with Foner’s Give me Liberty! because that book does not feature many primary sources. Yazawa’s text offers hundreds of pages of primary sources, each of them contextualized with a short paragraph at the beginning. 

Power, Liberty, EqualityJohn 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. I have not had any experience with this textbook as of yet, but some professors prefer it to Foner’s Give Me Liberty! for classes HIST 017A and HIST 017B, History of the United States. Like Foner’s text, this book comes in either two volumes split at 1877 or in one comprehensive volume. 

From Slavery to Freedom 9John 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. This classic textbook on black History was first written by the historian and activist John Hope Franklin in 1947 and it has been updated ever since. In this latest edition, Higginbotham has rewritten and updated the text to reflect the latest scholarship and has taken the story up through the election of Barack Obama in 2008. This text is commonly used for HIST 028 and HIST 029, African-American History. 

Major Problems in African-American HistoryThomas 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. This book is a primary-source reader, also known as a document reader, for HIST 028: African-American History to 1877. A second volume, subtitled From Freedom to ‘Freedom Now, 1865-1990s can be used for HIST 029: African-American History to the present. Unlike some other readers, Major Problems includes both primary sources and analytical essays by historians.