Social History Resources

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On The Bookshelf

Bringing Your Family History to Life through Social History by Katherine Scott Sturdevant (Betterway Books)

Generations: Your Family in Modern American History by Jim Watts and Allen F. Davis (McGraw-Hill)

Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You by David E. Kyvig and Myron Marty (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)

Your Family History: A Handbook for Research and Writing by David E. Kyvig and Myron Marty (Harlan Davidson)

General Social Histories

Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer (Oxford University Press)

As Various as Their Land: The Everyday Lives of Eighteenth-Century Americans by Stephanie Grauman Wolf (University of Arkansas Press)

Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life by Steven Mintz and Susan Kellogg (Free Press)

Everyday Life in Early America by David Freeman Hawke (HarperCollins)

The Expansion of Everyday Life, 1860-1876 by Daniel E. Sutherland (University of Arkansas Press)

Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era by Elaine Tyler May (Basic Books)

The Reshaping of Everyday Life, 1790-1840 by Jack Larkin (HarperCollins)

The Uncertainty of Everyday Life, 1915-1945 by Harvey Green (University of Arkansas Press)

Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life, 1876-1915 by Thomas Schlereth (HarperPerennial)

Model Family History Narratives

Defend the Valley: A Shenandoah Family in the Civil War by Margaretta Barton Colt (Oxford University Press)

The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White by Henry Wiencek (Griffin, $14.95)

Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926 by Adele Logan Alexander (Vintage)

A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West by Gerald McFarland (Ivan R. Dee)

Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball (Random House)

Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family by Lauren Kessler (Dutton/Plume)


The Making of America
Collection of primary documents in American social history from before the Civil War through Reconstruction.

American Social History Project
Presents “Who Built America?,” both an excellent textbook of American social history and a collection of documentary films with a social history perspective.

American Memory Project
Digitized collection of American history documents from the Library of Congress.