What You Never Learned About American History: War Edition

As American history classes threaten to erase the existence of Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan from their textbooks, the Ms. Blog thought it might be a good time to revisit the history that our schools often fail to teach us—from the systematic genocide of Native Americans to the nationalism that fuels wars. Each week, we’ll suggest books that cover topics in “hidden” history. Think of it as the history class syllabus you never had.

For our debut week, we’ll be covering famous wars in American history. Since this list is by no means comprehensive, let us know if you think we missed any vital works!

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Carter Sherman is a former Ms. editorial intern. She recently graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and international studies, and has previously interned at Elle and Los Angeles Magazine. Follow her on Instagram at @heyyymizcarter.
Julia Robins is a Ms. editorial intern and a graduate of William & Mary. Follow Julia on Twitter @julia_robins.