THE PENGUIN HISTORY OF AMERICAN LIFE
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
David Levering Lewis
James M. McPherson
The Penguin History of American Life is a series ranging across all of American history,
selected by an editorial board consisting of some of our most eminent historians. The
series embodies the interdisciplinary and integrationist ambitions of the field’s best practitioners; their understanding of the permeability of traditional geographical, ethnic, and
cultural boundaries; the utility of blurring conventional categories of historical writing; and
the impossibility of isolating subjects like race and gender.
Books in the series employ different tools and methods and tackle a variety of topics,
but they are all characterized by lively prose, trenchant analysis, and a persistent engagement with the most pressing questions about the American past.
The Penguin History of American Life will enrich our collective historical understanding,
bring new voices and perspectives into wider view, and bring a great number of readers
to works of American history that would otherwise escape them.
James R. Barrett
FROM THE BOTTOM UP
Irish Americans and the Making of a
Multicultural Urban Society
A history of Irish-American urban life that
explores the relationship between the Irish
and other immigrants, with a focus on the
institutions that shaped urban society, from
the street to the parish to the stage.
Richard D. Brown
THE CHALLENGE OF EQUALITY
IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC
Explores the contested history of racial and
ethnic equality as Americans considered the
full implications of their declaration that “all
men are created equal.”
A history of the Great Plains that examines
the region’s multifarious connections with
the rest of the planet, and tells the story of the
relationship between the “heartland” myth
and the reality of this profound connection.
CHALLENGING THE STATE
American Indians and the
“Empire of Liberty” 1800–2000
A history of Native American engagement
with the American legal and political system
that opens with the removal crisis of the 1820s
and closes with contemporary debates over
Native American tribal sovereignty.
THE CRADLE ENDLESSLY ROCKING
The Radical Reconstruction
of the North, 1840–1900
A history of the long struggle against racial
injustice in the North, from abolitionism
through Reconstruction and its demise.
THE RULES OF THE GAME
A study of the history of major electoral rules
and processes in the United States from the
early nineteenth century to the present.
Joe W. Trotter
UNTITLED on African-American
A synthesis of African-American urban history, examining the history of black urbanites
from the colonial era to the present.
LORD OF ANOTHER MAN’S PURSE
Credit and Economic Culture in Early America
A history of credit relationships in the United
States, from the time of settlement to the onset
of industrialization. Dealing with exchange in
both commercial and neighborly modes, the
book places credit at the very center of preindustrial economic culture.
UNTITLED on Smallpox, Public Health,
and the Progressive Movement
A history of the smallpox epidemic that struck
America between 1898 and 1903, including
the new and invasive public health measures
that were deployed in reaction to it.