American Historical Fiction

THE COLONIAL PERIOD (TO 1775)

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter.
Richter, Conrad. The Light in the Forest.

THE YOUNG NATION (1783-1860)

Smiley, Jane. The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton.

FRONTIER LIFE (1793-1893)
Cather, Willa. My Antonia.
Clark, Walter Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow Incident.
Fergus, Jim. One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd.
McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove.
Punke, Michael. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.

THE OLD SOUTH (TO 1860)

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Styron, William. The Confessions of Nat Turner.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

RECONSTRUCTION (1865-1877)

Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain.

THE TURN OF THE CENTURY (1877-1917)

Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime.
Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie.
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle.
Tarkington, Booth. The Magnificent Ambersons.
Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence.

THE ROARING TWENTIES (1919-1929)

Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine.
Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith.
Vanderbilt, Gloria. The Memory Book of Starr Faithfull.
Welty, Eudora. Delta Wedding.

THE GREAT DEPRESSION (1929-1941)

Adams, Alice. A Southern Exposure.
Dallas, Sandra. The Persian Pickle Club.
Green, Gerald. To Brooklyn with Love.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.
Robinson, Ronald. Diamond Trump: Events Surrounding the Great Powder-House Blowup by the Man who Lit the Fuse.
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath.
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple.


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