Best American History Books TechnoBuffalo 2021
It's important to read about America's history to learn about what has influenced today's culture and society. Even the hard and ugly truths of the past should be heard in order to learn how to do better in the future. Here are several of the best-selling American history books that cover a broad range of topics from influential people, to important conflicts and defining moments.
- Best overall: American History: A Visual Encyclopedia, by DK and the Smithsonian Institute
- African American history: The Warmth of Other Sun: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
- Best book for kids: American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History. By Lisa Trusiani
- Detailed American history: American History, Combined Edition, 1491 - Present, by Thomas S Kidd
- American Revolution book: 1776, by David McCullough
- Best for students: Advanced Placement United States History by John J Newman & John Schmalbach
Best overall: American History: A Visual Encyclopedia, by DK and the Smithsonian InstituteStaff Pick
Good for all ages, this American history book has over 200 pages of photographs and illustrations of some of the most important and fascinating moments in history. This book covers topics from the Battle of Yorktown to the birth of the technological era and everything in between. It doesn't shy away from hard or controversial topics and events including segregation and the Vietnam War.
African American history: The Warmth of Other Sun: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, tells the story of the migration of African-Americans in the South during the harshest moments of prejudice and segregation. The Warmth of Other Suns follows the lives of three people, Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling, and Robert Foster and how their, and others' contributions helped the civil rights movement and influence American culture throughout the country.
Best book for kids: American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History. By Lisa Trusiani
This beautifully illustrated paperback book highlights several lesser-known individuals who helped America become the country it is today. These include civil rights activists Claudette Colvin and Fred Korematsu, cartoonist Charles Samuel Addams, and environmentalist Rachel Carson. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and boxing legend Muhammad Ali are also featured.
Detailed American history: American History, Combined Edition, 1491 - Present, by Thomas S Kidd
Thomas S Kidd is a well-known historian that has written two, in-depth books on American history. Both books have been combined together in this edition and covers just about every event, individual and conflict that has affected or influenced America since 1492. Kidd begins with a deep dive into the culture and traditions of the Native Americans that first inhabited the land and touches on well-known and obscure individuals and events.
American Revolution book: 1776, by David McCullough
New York Times best selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Davis McCullough, uses a unique narrative to bring the events of American Revolution to life in a way that is captivating. 1776 doesn't just focus on the American side of the conflict. It gives detail on the British view in a way that enlightens readers to a new way to read, learn and understand this historic conflict.
Best for students: Advanced Placement United States History by John J Newman & John Schmalbach
This American history book is one of the most popularly used textbooks for college students and for high schoolers taking AP American history courses. This book covers eight specific American history themes and dictates developments and important events within each one. This book is recommended for anyone planning to take the AP United States History Exam. It includes exercises to develop critical thinking skills and review sections.
Step in time
The best American history books transport you back in time and help you both feel and understand the important events and people that have shaped American culture, policies and advancements. American History: A Visual Encyclopedia features images to help readers more clearly understand important moments in U.S. history. Though it has over 200 pages, it is easy enough for young children to enjoy as well as adults who will find value in the text along with the images.
For young, school-aged children, American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History touches on influential people typically not included in school history books. It is a great resource to supplement learning at home, but also is a great book to keep handy for enjoyment reading, too. The illustrations are beautiful and the book is easy for young readers to understand.
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