The books, articles, films, and websites in this section will enhance the materials included on our website for this era of American history. Many of the books are by the historians whose essays and lectures you have read and listened to here and offer in-depth studies of the topics that have caught your interest. The websites and other resources open new ways to explore American history and take advantage of new interpretations and new technologies to enhance classroom or at-home learning.
Hammond, Norman. Ancient Maya Civilization. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1982.
Cook, Noble David. Born to Die: Disease and New World Conquest, 1492–1650. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Pauketat, Timothy R. Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi. New York: Penguin, 2009.
Patterson, Marie. Early American Indian Tribes, Primary Source Readers. Huntington Beach, CA: Teacher Created Materials, 2004.
Perdue, Theda. Native Carolinians: The Indians of North Carolina. Raleigh: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1985.
Axtell, James. Natives and Newcomers: The Cultural Origins of North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Calloway, Colin G. New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Fiedel, Stuart J. Prehistory of the Americas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Perdue, Theda, and Ada E. Deer. The Cherokees. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2005.
Crosby, Alfred. The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing, 1972.
Fagan, Brian M. The Great Journey: The Peopling of Ancient America. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1987.
Recommended Resources from Other Sub-Eras
Josselyn, John. Colonial Traveler: A Critical Edition of Two Voyages to New-England. Ed. Paul J. Lindholdt. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1988.
Anderson, Virginia DeJohn. Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Mancall, Peter C. Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.
Diffie, Bailey W., and George D. Winius. Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415–1580. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1977.
Whitney, Gordon Graham. From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain: A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America, 1500 to the Present. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Chaplin, Joyce E. Subject Matter: Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500–1676. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.
White, Richard. “It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own”: A New History of the American West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991.