Bernstein, Peter L. Wedding the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005. This book offers an engaging narrative of the construction and success of the Erie Canal and argues that it was one of the most important achievements of the century, not only technically, but because it helped to unite the East and West and to tie the United States to European trade.
Dolin, Eric Jay. Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. This book charts over three hundred years of the history of American whaling. In addition to presenting gripping tales of whaling voyages, Dolin shows how whaling led to New England’s economic growth and helped to connect the United States to the rest of the world through an extensive trade network.
Jensen, Joan. Loosening the Bonds: Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750–1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986. This is the classic account of how mid-Atlantic farmwomen contributed to the growth of the U.S. market economy, especially through their dairying and butter-making activities.
Wilentz, Sean. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005. Wilentz traces the rise of democracy in the United States in this narrative that covers the 1790s to the 1860s. Wilentz devotes special attention to Andrew Jackson and the development of democratic politics and ideology in the 1820s and 1830s.
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Cornog, Evan. The Birth of Empire: DeWitt Clinton and the American Experience, 1769–1828. An engaging biography of the founder of the Erie Canal and governor of New York that reveals his impact—and the impact of the spirit he represented—on the burgeoning American nation.
Deyle, Steven. Carry Me Back: The Domestic Slave Trade in American Life. A history of the internal slave trade that pays particular attention to its effects on the sectional crisis, market revolution, and slave life and culture.
Howe, Daniel Walker. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848. A comprehensive synthesis of American history during the period, placing the transportation and communication changes at the center of the revolutionary changes in the nation.
Sellers, Charles. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815–1846. Argues that conflicts between the expanding capitalist system and American democracy were central to the social and political developments of the era.
Wilentz, Sean. Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788–1850. Examines the effects of industrialization on the social and political world of the city.
Wood, Gordon. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815. Pays particular attention to the evolving notion of republicanism and its powerful effect on American society and politics in this seminal contribution to the Oxford History of the United States series.
Yokota, Kariann Akemi. Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary American Became a Postcolonial Nation. Explores the ways the new United States created a distinct national identity and developed an independent society out of foreign goods and ideas.
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War. From the Smithsonian Institute, this web site includes timelines, short educational movies, artifacts, documents, and much more detailing American Wars including the American Revolution, Indian wars, War of 1812, War with Mexico, and Civil War.
DoHistory: Martha Ballard’s Diary Online. By examining the diary of Martha Ballard, an 18th-century Massachusetts midwife, this web site provides a wealth of information about the social world of the time while also exploring how historians “do history.”
Africans in America. Accompanying the PBS series of the same title, this web site provides information and various primary materials on African American life and culture from the 1400s to the end of the Civil War.
Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America. With documents, timelines, images, and other materials, this website from the New York Historical Society explores the life and impact of Alexander Hamilton.