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.” It can come in either a single volume or a double volume that splits the history at 1900. Each chapter features a timeline of important events, a bibliography and notes section, and 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.” It can come in either a single volume or a double volume that splits the history at 1877. This book 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.

 

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 as a primary-source reader for “HIST 017: History of the United States to 1877.” 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! Yazawa’s text offers hundreds of pages of primary sources, each of them contextualized with a short paragraph.

 

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, but some professors prefer it to Foner’s Give Me Liberty! for surveys on the History of the United States. Like Foner’s text, this book comes in either two volumes split at 1877 or 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 textbook was first written by 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 surveys in 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 is a primary-source reader for surveys in African-American History. A second volume, From Freedom to Freedom Now, 1865-1990s can be used for the modern half of the survey. Unlike some other readers, Major Problems includes both primary sources and analytical essays by historians. 

 

Kevin Shillington TextKevin Shillington, History of Africa. 3rd Ed. New York: Palgrave Macmilan, 2012. Pp. xxvi, 528. 978-0-230-30847-3. This is a fairly good textbook for use in the survey courses in African History. Originally written in 1998, it has been updated several times since. The text does have a few minor problems of interpretation. For that reason, I have professors say that they prefer to use Africa in World History by Erik Gilbert and Jonathan T. Reynolds. 

 

Gilbert and ReynoldsErik Gilbert and Jonathan T. Reynolds. Africa in World History: From Prehistory to the Present. 3rd Ed. London: Pearson Publishing, 2011. Pp. 480. 978-0205053995. This is a great textbook for use in the survey courses in African History. The two authors situate Africa’s long history within the scope of world history more broadly.  This text is an alternative to Kevin Shillington’s History of Africa

 

 

Global AmericansMaria 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. This is a great textbook for use in the survey courses on United States History. The authors situate the US within the scope of world history more broadly by using the framework of “global Americans.”  This text is an alternative to Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty!  

 

Voices of Freedom3Eric Foner. Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History. 5th Ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2016. Pp. 362. 0393614492. This is the document reader that is meant to be paired with Foner’s textbook Give Me Liberty! It comes in two volumes that correspond to the first and second half of the survey course. Personally,  I do not like to use this reader because I feel like its sources are too short, to disconnected, and lacking in a few key areas. I prefer to use Yazawa’s Documents for American History

 

Contending VoicesJohn Hollitz. Contending Voices: Biographical Explorations of the American Past. 3rd
Ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2011. Pp. vii, 277. 978-1305655935. This is an excellent option for a document reader for the US survey courses. It comes in two volumes, split at 1877. Each of its chapters presents a period of history through biographies of individuals on two sides of a particular issue. The biographies conclude with a series of primary sources related to the topic. From my experience, students respond really well to this book in discussion.