Building the American Republic is an engaging and accessible two-volume narrative history of the United States, that is suitable for introductory college and advanced high school courses.
The first volume, A Narrative History to 1877, runs from pre-Colonialism to the Civil War and Reconstruction. The second, A Narrative History from 1877, carries the story through the 2016 election. Taking a deliberately multifaceted and inclusive stance, the authors tell a stimulating story that will lead to a deeper understanding of America’s past and present.
Both books are free in e-book form, and are available for download on this website and at major e‑bookstores. Paperback and hardcover editions are also available for purchase.
Building the American Republic, Volume 1
A Narrative History to 1877
Harry L. Watson
You can read Building the American Republic, Volume 1 in several ways:
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Buy the paperback: $30.00
Download just Chapter 15: Reconstructing the Republic, 1865-1877 of Volume 1 (PDF format)
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“Building the American Republic tells the story of the United States with remarkable grace and skill, its fastmoving narrative making the nation’s struggles and accomplishments new and compelling. Weaving together stories of a broad range of Americans, drawing from the best scholarship, and writing in a warm and engaging voice, Watson and Dailey have crafted an inclusive history that is a pleasure to read.”—Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond
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