Studying the field of “United States History I” is basically examining the history of the area that now compromises the United States of America from prehistoric times through the Civil War. Obviously, that’s a lot of time, places, people, and events, so my focus is necessarily narrowed to what will ultimately be pertinent to basketball history.

This means that the themes of race, labor control, gender, sports/gaming, urbanization, and medicine will be of paramount importance along with other minor, in this context, issues.

Below are the various subfields and links to my individual review and notes on all the books I’ve read.



Atlantic World

Capital and Labor

Citizen and State



Empire and Conquest

Gender and Sex

Institutions of Government and Politics

Medicine and Environment

Race – Colonial Era

Race – After Independence