Oral Exam Major Field Reading List – Colonial & Revolutionary America

Religion (13)

Rhys Isaac, The Transformation of Virginia

Edward Bond, Damned Souls in a Tobacco Colony: Religion in Seventeenth Century Virginia

Michael Winship, Making Heretics

Harry Stout, The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England

David Hall, Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England

Jack D. Marietta, The Reformation of American Quakerism

Jon Bulter, Awash in a Sea of Faith

Thomas Kidd, The Great Awakening

Catherine Brekus, Strangers and Pilgrims

Gregory Evans Dowd, A Spirited Resistance

Patricia U. Bonomi, Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America

Sylvia Frey and Betty Wood, Shouting to Zion

Dee Andrews, The Methodists and Revolutionary America, 1760-1800: The Shaping of an Evangelical Culture

Slavery & Emancipation (15)

Edmund Morgan, American Slavery/American Freedom

Anthony S. Parent, Jr. Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia

Kathleen Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs

Michael Gomez, Exchanging our Country Marks

David Brion Davis, Inhuman Bondage

John Thorton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World

Shane White, Somewhat More Independent

David Gellman, Emancipating New York

Gary Nash and Jean Sunderland, Freedom by Degrees: Emancipation in Pennsylvania and Its Aftermath

Eva Sheppard Wolf, Race and Liberty in the New Nation

Arthur Zilversmit, The First Emancipation: The Abolition of Slavery in the North

Ira Berlin, Many Thousands Gone


Revolution & Nationhood (15)

Jon Butler, Becoming America

Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

Woody Holton, Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia

Pauline Maier, From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain

T. H. Breen, The Marketplace of Revolution

Ben Carp, Rebels Rising

Brendan McConville, The King’s Three Faces: The Rise and Fall of Royal America

Gordon Wood, Creation of the American Republic

Seth Cotlar, Tom Paine’s America

Saul Cornell, The Other Founders

Pauline Maier, Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution

Thomas Slaughter, The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution

Jack Rakove, Original Meanings

Gordon Wood, Empire of Liberty

Douglas Egerton, Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America


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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