Oral Exam Major Field Reading List – 20th Century America

Progressives (5)

Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America

Daniel Rodgers, Atlantic Crossings

Jackson Lears, Rebirth of a Nation, 1877-1920

Robert Wiebe, The Search for Order

Christopher Capozzola, Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen


Gender (5)

George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World

William Eskridge, Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003

Christine Stansell, The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present

Gail Bederman, Manliness & Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917

Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era


New Deal (5)

Alan Brinkley, The End of Reform
David Kennedy, Freedom From Fear

Colin Gordon, New Deals
Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal
William Leuchtenberg, Franklin Roosevelt & the New Deal


Post-War (4)

Lizabeth Cohen, Consumer’s Republic

Thomas Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis

Judith Stein, Running Steel, Running America

Nelson Lichtenstein, The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor


Great Society (3)

K.C. Johnson, All the Way with LBJ

Allen Matusow, The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s

Gareth Davies, From Opportunity to Entitlement: The Transformation and Decline of Great Society Liberalism


Vietnam (3)

Fredick Logevall, Choosing War

Marilyn Young, The Vietnam Wars

Thomas Alan Schwartz, Lyndon Johnson and Europe: In the Shadow of Vietnam


Civil Rights (5)

Thomas Sugrue, Sweet Land of Liberty

Michael Klarman, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights

Robert Korstad, Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Works and the Struggle for Democracy in Mid-Twentieth-Century America

Jonathan Rosenberg, How Far the Promised Land?: World Affairs and the American Civil Rights Movement from the First World War to Vietnam

John Dittmer, Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi


Suburbs (3)

David Freund, Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America

Robert Beauregard, When America Became Suburban

Owen Gutfreund, Twentieth-Century Sprawl: Highways and the Reshaping of the American Landscape


Conservatives (5)

Steven Miller, Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South

Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right

William A. Link, Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism

Joseph Crespino, In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution

Matthew Lassiter, The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South


Collapse (5)

Jefferson Cowie, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class

Judith Stein, Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies

Michael Flamm, Law & Order

Sean Wilentz, The Age of Reagan

David Harvey, A Brief History of Neo-Liberalism


Author: Roy Rogers

I am currently a PhD candidate in American History at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). My undergraduate education was at Shepherd University (Political Science & History) and I received an MA in History from George Mason University. As a historian, my research interests include early American history, the early American republic (1780 to 1830), political history, religious history, and gender history. I live in Brooklyn with my girlfriend and our cat.

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