Series: Pivotal Moments in American History

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Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy by James T. Patterson2001
Rainbow's End: The Crash of 1929 by Maury Klein2001
Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James M. McPherson2002
All Shook Up: How Rock 'n' Roll Changed America by Glenn C. Altschuler2003
Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John Ferling2004
Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer2004
Storm Over Texas : The Annexation Controversy and the Road to Civil War by Joel H. Silbey2005
James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights by Richard Labunski2006
The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America by Colin G. Calloway2006
The Bay of Pigs by Howard Jones2008
Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement by Sally McMillen2008
The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 by Lynn Hudson Parsons2009
The GI Bill: A New Deal for Veterans by Glenn Altschuler2009
The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story by Elliott West2009
As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution by Richard Archer2010
The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American Aviation by Thomas Kessner2010
The Battle of Midway by Craig L. Symonds2011
Roosevelt's Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War by Richard Moe2013
A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience by Emerson W. Baker2014
Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution by David L. Preston2015
Lincoln's Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion by Louis P. Masur2015
American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division by Michael A. Cohen2016

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  1. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff (1982)
  2. Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics by Lewis L. Gould (2008)
  3. Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 by William W. Freehling (1990)
  4. The Failure of the Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Marshall, and the Rise of Presidential Democracy by Bruce Ackerman (2005)
  5. The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution by Alan Taylor (2006)
  6. America Afire: Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800 by Bernard A. Weisberger (2000)
  7. The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies by Alan Taylor (2010)
  8. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe (2007)
  9. Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer (1994)
  10. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt (1999)
  11. Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson (2000)
  12. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis (2004)
  13. American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis (2007)
  14. Lincoln's Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton (Civil War America) by William Marvel (2015)
  15. A Magnificent Catastrophe by Edward J. Larson (2007)

Series description

Published by Oxford University Press.

Edited by James M. McPherson and David Hackett Fischer

"Each book [in the series] will examine a large historical problem through the lens of a particular event and the choices of individual actors. The design of the series reflects the current state of historical writing, which gives growing attention to the experiences of ordinary people, increasing sensitivity to issues of gender, class, and ethnicity, and deep interest in large structures and processes. We seek to combine this new scholership with old ideas of history as a narrative art and traditional standards of sound scholarship, mature judgement, and good writing," from the editors' introduction to Brown v. Board of Education.

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