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  • In the Kingdom of Ice

    The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

    by Hampton Sides ...
    NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and heroism in the Gilded Age from the New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers. • “A splendid book in every way…a marvelous nonfiction thriller.” —The Wall Street JournalOn July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the USS Jeanette ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South (Revised Edition)

    "One of those rare books that quickly became the standard work in its field." —Anne Firor Scott, Duke UniversityLiving with the dual burdens of racism and sexism, slave women in the plantation South assumed roles within the family and community that contrasted sharply with traditional female roles in the larger American society.This revised edition of Ar'n't I a Woman? reviews and updates the ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Capital Dames

    The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

    by Cokie Roberts ...
    In this engrossing and informative companion to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history.With the outbreak of the Civil War, the small, social Southern ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Black Life on the Mississippi

    Slaves, Free Blacks, and the Western Steamboat World

    All along the Mississippi--on country plantation landings, urban levees and quays, and the decks of steamboats--nineteenth-century African Americans worked and fought for their liberty amid the slave trade and the growth of the cotton South. Offering a counternarrative to Twain's well-known tale from the perspective of the pilothouse, Thomas C. Buchanan paints a more complete picture of the ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • The Fatal Environment

    The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800–1890

    Series series Mythology of the American West
    A two-time National Book Award finalist’s “ambitious and provocative” look at Custer’s Last Stand, capitalism, and the rise of the cowboys-and-Indians legend (The New York Review of Books).In The Fatal Environment, historian Richard Slotkin demonstrates how the myth of frontier expansion and subjugation of Native Americans helped justify the course of America’s rise to wealth and power. Using ... Read more

    $2.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Strong Passions: A Scandalous Divorce in Old New York

    Shocking revelations of a wife’s adultery explode in an incendiary nineteenth-century trial, exposing upper-crust New York society and its secrets.What could possibly go wrong in a wealthy matriarch’s country home when her dilettante son, his restless wife, and his widowed brother live there together? Strong Passions, rooted in the beguiling times of Edith Wharton’s “old New York,” recounts the ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Lady at the O.K. Corral

    The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp

    by Ann Kirschner ...
    The definitive biography of the Jewish girl from New York who won the heart of frontier lawman Wyatt Earp: “Splendid.” —The Wall Street JournalFor nearly fifty years, she was the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp: hero of the O.K. Corral and the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this biography, the author of the acclaimed ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Religion of a Different Color

    Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness

    by W. Paul Reeve ...
    Mormonism is one of the few homegrown religions in the United States, one that emerged out of the religious fervor of the early nineteenth century. Yet, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have struggled for status and recognition. In this book, W. Paul Reeve explores the ways in which nineteenth century Protestant white America made outsiders out of an inside religious ... Read more

    $24.99 USD

  • The Search for Order, 1877-1920

    At the end of the Reconstruction, the spread of science and technology, industrialism, urbanization, immigration, and economic depressions eroded Americans' conventional beliefs in individualism and a divinely ordained social system. In The Search for Order, 1877-1920, Robert H. Wiebe shows how, in subsequent years, during the Progressive Era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, Americans ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

    by S. C. Gwynne ...
    *Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award**A New York Times Notable Book**Winner of the Texas Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award*This New York Times bestseller and stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West “is nothing short of a revela... ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Black Elk Speaks

    The Complete Edition

    More than one million copies sold2017 One Book One Nebraska selection“An American classic.”—Western Historical QuarterlyBlack Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Voyage of Mercy

    The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America's First Humanitarian Mission

    by Stephen Puleo ...
    “Puleo has found a new way to tell the story with this well-researched and splendidly written chronicle of the Jamestown, its captain, and an Irish priest who ministered to the starving in Cork city…Puleo’s tale, despite the hardship to come, surely is a tribute to the better angels of America’s nature, and in that sense, it couldn’t be more timely.” **—**The Wall Street JournalThe remarkable ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • West of the Pecos

    A Western Story

    by Zane Grey ...
    From one of the bestselling western novelists of all time, comes another classic story.Templeton Lambeth had so desperately wanted a son- an heir to ride by his side through the vast, wild ranges just west of the Pecos River. But to his disappointment, his wife bore a girl. His hopes crushed and in denial, he decides to raise his daughter as if she were a boy. In honor of Lambeth’s more successful ... Read more

    $10.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

    by Eric Foner ...
    “Gripping and essential.”—Jesse Wegman, New York TimesAn authoritative history by the preeminent scholar of the Civil War era, The Second Founding traces the arc of the three foundational Reconstruction amendments from their origins in antebellum activism and adoption amidst intense postwar politics to their virtual nullification by narrow Supreme Court decisions and Jim Crow state laws. Today ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • A Secret Life

    The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland

    The child was born on September 14, 1874, at the only hospital in Buffalo, New York, that offered maternity services for unwed mothers. It was a boy, and though he entered the world in a state of illegitimacy, a distinguished name was given to this newborn: Oscar Folsom Cleveland. The son of the future president of the United States—Grover Cleveland. The story of how the man who held the nation’s ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Brave Hearted

    The Women of the American West

    by Katie Hickman ...
    *WINNER OF THE WOMEN WRITING THE WEST 2023 WILLA LITERARY AWARD*“Brave Hearted is not just history, it is an incredibly intense page-turning experience. To read what these women endured is to be transported into another universe of courage, loss, pain, and occasionally victory. This book is a triumph.”—Amanda Foreman“Absolutely compelling**“****—**Christina Lamb, Sunday Times (UK)Th... ... Read more

    $23.99 USD

  • And There Was Light

    Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

    by Jon Meacham ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Jon Meacham chronicles the life of Abraham Lincoln, charting how—and why—he confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery to expand the possibilities of America.“Meacham has given us the Lincoln for our time.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize • Longlisted for the Biographers ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • American Heretic

    Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism

    by Dean Grodzins ...
    Theodore Parker (1810-1860) was a powerful preacher who rejected the authority of the Bible and of Jesus, a brilliant scholar who became a popular agitator for the abolition of slavery and for women's rights, and a political theorist who defined democracy as "government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people--words that inspired Abraham Lincoln. Parker had more influence than ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • John Quincy Adams

    Militant Spirit

    by James Traub ...
    "Penetrating, detailed, and very readable. . . . A splendid biography." -- Wall Street JournalFew figures in American history have held as many roles in public life as John Quincy Adams. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president, and a dedicated congressman who staunchly opposed slavery. In John Quincy Adams, scholar and journalist James ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • A City So Grand

    The Rise of an American Metropolis: Boston 1850-1900

    by Stephen Puleo ...
    A lively history of Boston’s emergence as a world-class city—home to the likes of Frederick Douglass and Alexander Graham Bell—by a beloved Bostonian historian“It’s been quite a while since I’ve read anything—fiction or nonfiction—so enthralling.”—Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter IslandOnce upon a time, “Boston Town” was an insulated New England township. But the community was ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Inventor and the Tycoon

    A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

    by Edward Ball ...
    From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads.One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • A Mystery of Mysteries

    The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe

    A Mystery of Mysteries is a brilliant biography of Edgar Allan Poe that examines the renowned author’s life through the prism of his mysterious death and its many possible causes.It is a moment shrouded in horror and mystery. Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, at just forty, in a painful, utterly bizarre manner that would not have been out of place in one of his own tales of terror. What was ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $11.99 USD

  • A Lynching at Port Jervis

    Race and Reckoning in the Gilded Age

    by Philip Dray ...
    An account of a lynching that took place in New York in 1892, forcing the North to reckon with its own racism.On June 2, 1892, in the small, idyllic village of Port Jervis, New York, a young Black man named Robert Lewis was lynched by a violent mob. The twenty-eight-year-old victim had been accused of sexually assaulting Lena McMahon, the daughter of one of the town's well-liked Irish American ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Río Chama

    A Western Story

    After a priest is lynched, gunfighter Britton Wade is the only one left who can guarantee justice!In Santa Fe, Jeremiah Cole has been convicted and sentenced to hang for the lynching of a priest. Still, most people believe Cole will never be executed. He is the son of Senator Roman Cole, a man with both the wealth and political power to stop the hanging. The odds are so good that Jeremiah Cole ... Read more

    $10.99 USD