Oral Exam Minor Field Reading List – American Intellectual History to 1865

The South (11)

Eugene Genovese & Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Mind of the Master Class
Eugene Genovese & Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South

Michael O’Brien, Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South (2 volumes)

Richard Beale Davis, Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, 1585-1763 (3 volumes)

Ritchie Devon Watson Jr., Normans and Saxons: Southern Race Mythology and the Intellectual History of the American Civil War
Eugene Genovese, Slaveholders’ Dilemma: Freedom and Progress in Southern Conservative Thought, 1820-1860

Jan Lewis, The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson’s Virginia

Bruce Dain, A Hideous Monster of the Mind: American Race Theory in the Early Republic


Religion (14)

E. Brooks Holifield, Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War

Chris Beneke, Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism

Mark Noll, America’s God

Mark Noll, The Civil War as Theological Crisis

Perry Miller, The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century

Perry Miller, The New England Mind: From Colony to Province

Perry Miller, The Life of the Mind in America: From the Revolution to the Civil War

Janice Knight, Orthodoxies in Massachusetts: Rereading American Puritanism

Christopher Grasso, A Speaking Aristocracy: Transforming Public Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut

Darren Staloff, The Making of an American Thinking Class

Frank Lambert, Inventing the “Great Awakening”

John McGreevy, Catholicism and American Freedom: A History

David Sehat, The Myth of American Religious Freedom

John Brooke, A Refiner’s Fire


Books (10)

Hugh Amory and David Hall, eds., A History of the Book in America, Volume 1: The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World

Robert Gross & Mary Kelly eds., A History of the Book in America, Volume 2: An Extensive Republic

Scott E. Casper, Jeffery D. Groves, Stephen W. Nissenbaum and Michael Winship eds., A History of the Book in America, Volume 3: The Industrial Book

Heidi B. Hackel, Catherine E. Kelly, eds. Reading Women: Literacy, Authorship and Culture in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800

Meredith McGill, American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853

Richard Sher, The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish Authors and Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland and America

Symposium on: What is the History of the Book? in Modern Intellectual History (2007)

Rosalind Remer, Printers and Men of Capital: Philadelphia Book Publishers in the New Republic

Jeffrey Paisley, Tyranny of the Printers

Michael Warner, Republic of Letters


Liberalism & Republicanism in America (13)

J.G.A. Pocock, The Machiavellian Moment

Darren Staloff, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding

Gordon Wood, The Creation of the American Republic

Linda Kerber, No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship

Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

Mary Kelley, Learning to Stand and Speak

Daniel Walker Howe, The Political Culture of the American Whigs

Joyce Appleby, Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination

James Kloopenberg, The Virtues of Liberalism

Joyce Appleby (ed.) Symposium on Republicanism in the American Quarterly (1985)

Richard Buel, Securing the Revolution: Ideology in American Politics, 1789-1815

Robert Shalhope, The Roots of American Democracy: American Thought and Culture, 1760-1800

Daniel Rodgers, “Republicanism: the Career of a Concept” JAH 79:1 (June 1992), 11-38


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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