U.S. History (OpenStax)
U.S. History is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience). Please see faculty reviews here.
The American Yawp is a free, online, collaboratively built American history textbook. Over 300 historians joined together to create the book they wanted for their own students—an accessible, synthetic narrative that reflects the best of recent historical scholarship and provides a jumping-off point for discussions in the U.S. history classroom and beyond. The fully peer-reviewed edition is edited by Joseph L. Locke, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Houston-Victoria, and Ben Wright, Assistant Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Low-cost print copies are also available at the same website.
This textbook examines U.S. History from before European Contact through Reconstruction, while focusing on the people and their history. History in the Making underwent a rigorous double blind peer review, a process that involved over thirty scholars who reviewed the materially carefully, objectively, and candidly in order to ensure not only its scholarly integrity but also its high standard of quality.This book provides a strong emphasis on critical thinking about US History by providing several key features in each chapter. Please find faculty reviews here.
World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. Authored by six USG faculty members with advance degrees in History, this textbook offers up-to-date original scholarship. Its digital nature allows students to follow links to applicable sources and videos, expanding their educational experience beyond the textbook.
Digital versions of this textbook are free and can be downloaded here. Low-cost print versions are available at the same website.
Contributing Editors: Eugene Berger, George L. Israel, Charlotte Miller, Brian Parkinson, Andrew Reeves, Nadejda Williams.