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This Independence Day, 5 books that explain America’s complex history

This Independence Day, we asked historian Sean Wilentz to recommend five books he believes best shed light on America’s history. Photo by REUTERS/Carlo Allegri. Historian Sean Wilentz has examined the history of America through the lens of our presidents, our party politics, the working class — and even our music. This Independence Day, we asked Wilentz, a professor of American history at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1979, to recommend five books he believes best shed light on America’s complex history.
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