Encyclopedia of Native American Wars and Warfare edited by William B. Kessel & Robert Wooster (Facts on File Inc, 54.50 [pounds sterling]) details the conflicts and antagonists that helped shape North America from Columbus to the 19th century.
The American Revolution: A People's History by Ray Raphael (Profile Books, 9.99 [pounds sterling]) focuses both on the protagonists and the slaves they owned, the Indians they displaced, the men and boys who did the fighting and the women who endured it.
Splintering the Wooden Wall: The British Blockade of the United States, 1812-1815 by Wade G. Dudley (Naval Institute Press, 21.53 [pounds sterling]) reassesses the period of the naval siege during the War of 1812, the last between the two countries.
America as a Military Power, 1775-1865 by Jeremy Black (Praeger, 58.50 [pounds sterling]) examines the United States military policy during the 90 years between the War of Independence and completion of the Civil War, looking in particular at American military exceptionalism.
Two books chronicling the Civil War, both by Jon Sutherland, are Battles of the American Civil War (Airlife Publishing, 9.99 [pounds sterling]) and Commanders and Heroes of the American Civil War (Airlife Publishing, 7.99 [pounds sterling]).
The War Was You and Me: Civilians in the American Civil War edited by Joan E. Cashin (Princeton University Press, 45 v) analyses the impact of the war on ordinary people and offers a series of distinguished essays on the profound social changes wrought by the conflict.
Roads to Gettysburg: Lee's Invasion of the North, 1863 by Bradley M. Gottfried (White Mane, $29.95) is an account of the lead-up to the famous Union victory during the Civil War.
Now in two volumes, Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America by James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton (Rutgers University Press, $17 each) follows Black history through the slave trade and Civil War to the present.
Other processes on the continent are discussed in The Virgin, the King, and the Royal Slaves of El Cobre: Negotiating Freedom in Colonial Cuba, 1670-1780 by Maria Elena Diaz (Stanford University Press, 19.50 [pounds sterling]), which tells the story of peasants and miners in late 17th and 18th-century Cuba, officially enslaved to the king of Spain. …