Following is a bibliography of some books related to this exhibit, for further reading.
Bruckner, Martin. The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.A literary study of the cartographic and geographic texts which helped craft an American identity.
Chaffin, Tom. Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire. New York: Hill and Wang, 2002.A biography of a leading American explorer of the North American west.
Clarke, Erskine. By the Rivers of Water: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey. New York: Basic Books, 2013.A biography of a southern missionary couple stationed in West Africa in the 1830s and 1840s.
Conroy-Krutz, Emily. God’s Empire in America: Converting the World in the Early Republic. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015.A history examining American missionary activities around the world in the early nineteenth century.
Daughan, George C. The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex during the War of 1812. New York: Basic Books, 2013.A narrative history of the first U.S. Navy incursion in the Pacific Ocean.
DeLay, Brian. War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.A history of conflict between Mexicans and Indians which paved the way for the U.S.-Mexican War.
Dolin, Eric Jay. When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2012.A narrative history of American relations with China in the early nineteenth century.
Eacott, Jonathan. Selling Empire: India Goods in the Making of Britain and America, 1700-1830. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2016.A comparative history of British and American trade with India into the early nineteenth century.
Fabian, Ann. The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America’s Unburied Dead. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.A history of the rise of racialized ethnographic science in nineteenth-century America.
Fitz, Caitlin. Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions. New York: W.W. Norton, forthcoming 2016.A narrative history of American responses to Latin American independence movements in the early nineteenth century.
Glenn, Myra C. Jack Tar’s Story : The Autobiographies and Memoirs of Sailors in Antebellum America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.A history of American nationalism from the perspective of sailor narratives of their world travels.
Goetzmann, William H. New Lands, New Men: America and the Second Great Age of Discovery. New York: W.W. Norton, 1986.A classic narrative history of American exploration of continent and world in the nineteenth century.
Gould, Eliga H. Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012.A history of the American quest for international recognition in the aftermath of independence.
Gray, Edward G. The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.A biography of John Ledyard and his global travels in the 1770s and 1780s.
Greenberg, Amy S. Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.A history linking American masculinity and "manifest destiny" in Latin America and the Pacific before the Civil War.
Greenberg, Amy S. A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.A narrative history of divisive American politics surrounding the U.S.-Mexican War.
Harvey, Sean P. Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015.A history examining American study of Native American languages in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Haynes, Sam W. Unfinished Revolution: The Early American Republic in a British World. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010.A history of American responses to the continuing shadow of England and the British empire in the early nineteenth century.
Hunter, Phyllis. Sailing East: The Empress of China and the New Nation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.A history of the first American commercial voyage to China in the 1780s.
Johnson, Walter. River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.A history of American expansionism in the vast Mississippi Valley in the nineteenth century.
Kastor, Peter J. William Clark’s World: Describing America in an Age of Unknowns. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.A biography of William Clark as explorer of and government official in the North American west.
May, Robert E. Manifest Destiny’s Underworld: Filibustering in Antebellum America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.A history of private American military expeditions against foreign countries in the Western Hemisphere.
McGuinness, Aims. Path of Empire: Latin American Transformations and the California Gold Rush, 1848-1856. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.A history of American construction of a transcontinental railroad in Panama in the 1840s and 1850s.
Nugent, Walter. Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.A history of American expansionism from the 1780s into the 1860s as the first phase of American imperialism.
Osterhammel, Jurgen. The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century. Patrick Camiller, trans. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.A global history of the nineteenth century, within which American history is contextualized.
Peskin, Lawrence A. Captives and Countrymen: Barbary Slavery and the American Public, 1785-1816. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.A history of the "Barbary Wars" through the lens of American captivity narratives.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. New York: Penguin, 2003.A narrative history of the U.S. Exploring Expedition in the Pacific Ocean.
Rouleau, Brian. With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014.A history examining American global reach before the Civil War, from the vantage of the most traveled Americans: sailors.
Schroeder, John H. Shaping a Maritime Empire: The Commercial and Diplomatic Role of the American Navy, 1829-1861. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1985.A narrative history of the actions of the U.S. Navy around the world.
Schulten, Susan. Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.A history of changing American cartography through the nineteenth century.
Sexton, Jay. The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Hill and Wang, 2010.A history how the 1823 Monroe Doctrine reappeared in American political debates throughout the nineteenth century.
Spellberg, Denise A. Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.An intellectual history of Jefferson’s relationship with the Qur’an before and during the Barbary Wars of the early nineteenth century.
Toll, Ian W. Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006.A narrative history of the formation of the U.S. Navy, and its activities through the War of 1812.
White, Ashli. Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.A history of American attitudes toward the Haitian Revolution.
Yokota, Kariann. Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.A history of ongoing American cultural anxiety with respect to England, well after achieving independence.