American History Reading List
Books on America in the 1800's
If you are teaching American History, use this Reading List to pick out good historical fiction and nonfiction to go along with your lesson plans. This section includes books set in the 1800's. For other years, please see our main American History Reading List.
The books are arranged chronologically, with topics shown below the dates to make it easier to find selections. Each book is linked to one of our affiliates so you can see pictures & further description.
Books on 1800 – 1810
themes include Tall Tales & Lewis & Clark
Books on 1810 – 1830
themes include the Star-Spangled Banner, the War of 1812, Mountain Men, & Frontier Life
Books on 1830 – 1850
themes include The Alamo & Davy Crockett, Western Expansion, the Industrial Revolution
Books on the 1850's
themes include Harriet Tubman, the California Gold Rush, the Santa Fe Trail
Books on the 1860's: Not the Civil War
themes include Sitting Bull, Buffalo Bill & the Pony Express, Life on the Frontier
Books on 1870 – 1900
themes include life on the Prairie, the Johnstown Flood, the Orphan Trains, the Statue of Liberty, European Immigration