Twentieth Century America

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Progressivism(s) and WWI

  • Bederman, Gail. Manliness and Civilization.
  • Bodnar, John. The Transplanted: A history of Immigrants in Urban America.
  • Chauncey, George. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940.
  • Cooper, John Milton. The Warrior and the Priest.
  • Cott, Nancy. The Grounding of Modern Feminism.
  • Dawley, Alan. Struggles for Justice: Social Responsibility and the Liberal State.
  • Flehinger, Brett. The 1912 Election and the Power of Progressivism
  • Hawley, Ellis. The Great War and the Search for a Modern Order.
  • Hofstadter, Richard. The Age of Reform: From Bryan to F.D.R.
  • Kennedy, David, Over Here: The First World War and American Society.
  • Knock, Thomas. To End All Wars.
  • Leach, William. Land of Desire.
  • Marsden, George. Fundamentalism and American Culture.
  • Moore, Leonard, Citizen Klansmen.
  • Rodgers, Daniel. Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age.
  • Sanchez, George. Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945.
  • Skocpol, Theda. Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States.
  • Wiebe, Robert. The Search for Order 1877-1920.
  • Woloch, Nancy. Muller v. Oregon.

Depression and the New Deal

  • Brinkley, Alan. Culture and Politics in the Great Depression.
  • Brinkley, Alan. The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War.
  • Brinkley, Alan. Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression.
  • Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939.
  • Fraser, Steve & Gary Gerstle. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order.
  • Gerstle, Gary. American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century.
  • Gordon, Colin. New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics in America 1920-1935.
  • Gordon, Linda. Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare 1890-1935.
  • Hawley, Ellis. The New Deal and the Problem of Monopoly: A Study in Economic Ambivalence.
  • Kelley, Robin. Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression.
  • Kennedy, David M., Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.
  • Kirby, John B. Black Americans in the Roosevelt Era: Liberalism and Race.
  • Leuchtenberg, William. Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal 1932-1940.
  • Pells, Richard. Radical Visions and American Dreams: Culture and Social Thought in the Depression Years.
  • Piven, Frances Fox. Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail.
  • Worster, Donald. Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s.

WWII and the Cold War: Overseas and at Home

  • Adams, Michael. The Best War Ever: America and World War II.
  • Boyer, Paul. By the Bomb’s Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age.
  • Dower, John. War without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War.
  • Kimball, Warren F. The Juggler: FDR as Wartime Statesman.
  • Gaddis, John Lewis. Strategies of Containment.
  • Williams, William Appleman. The Tragedy of American Diplomacy.
  • May, Ernest, ed. American Cold War Strategy: Interpreting NSC 68.
  • Pells, Richard. The Liberal Mind in a Conservative Age: American Intellectuals in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Schrecker, Ellen. The Age of McCarthyism.
  • Schulzinger, Robert. A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975.
  • Young, Marilyn. The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990.

Civil Rights, the New Left, and the New Right: the 1950s and Beyond

General Trends

  • Farber, David R. The Age of Great Dreams: Americas in the 1960s.
  • Jackson, Kenneth. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States.
  • Kazin, Michael, The Populist Persuasion.
  • Schulman, Bruce. The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics.

Civil Rights

  • Carson, Claybourne. In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s.
  • Chafe, William. Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom.
  • Lemann, Nicholas. The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America.
  • Sitkoff, Harvard. The Struggle for Black Equality, 1954-1992.
  • Sugrue, Thomas, The Origins of the Urban Crisis.


  • Echols, Alice. Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975.
  • Evans, Sara. Born for Freedom: A History of Women in America.

New Left

  • Isserman, Maurice. If I Had a Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left.
  • Matusow, Allen J. The unraveling of America: a history of liberalism in the 1960s.

New Right

  • Carter, Dan. The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the New Conservatism and the Transformation of American Politics.
  • McGirr, Lisa. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right.
  • Schoenwald, Jonathan. A Time for Choosing: The Rise of Modern American Conservatism.