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A list of key readings about New York (U.S. state).
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  • Blond, Becca, and China Williams. Lonely Planet New York State (2004) excerpt and online search from
  • Eisenstadt, Peter, Laura-Eve Moss, and Carole F. Huxley, eds. The Encyclopedia Of New York State (2005) 1900 pages of articles by experts.
  • Ellis, David M., James A. Frost, Harold C. Syrett, and Harry J. Carman. A History of New York State. Rev. ed. Cornell University Press, 1967.
  • Ellis, David M., James A. Frost, and William B. Fink. New York: The Empire State . 4th ed. Prentice-Hall, 1975.
  • Flick, Alexander C. (ed.). History of the State of New York. 10 vol, 1933–37
  • Galie, Peter J. Ordered Liberty: A Constitutional History of New York (1996) online edition
  • Hedrick, U.P. A History of Agriculture in the State of New York (1983)
  • Jackson, Kenneth T. ed, The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995)
  • Klein, Milton M., ed. The Empire State: A History of New York. Cornell University Press, 2001. the latest scholarly overview excerpts and online search from
  • Roberts, Ellis Henry. New York: The Planting and the Growth of the Empire State (1904), survey to 1900 online from
  • Thompson, J. H. ed., The Geography of New York State (rev. ed. 1977)

Pre 1820

  • Alexander, De Alva Stanwood, A Political History of the State of New York (1906) 4 vol; detailed narrative historyonline Vol I 1774-1832
  • Becker, Carl Becker. The History of Political Parties in the Province of New York, 1760-1776. (1909). online edition online at
  • Bonomi, Patricia U. A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York. 1971. online edition
  • Brooks, Charles E. Frontier Settlement and Market Revolution: The Holland Land Purchase (1996) online edition
  • Countryman, Edward. A People In Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760-1790. 1981.
  • DePauw, Linda. The Eleventh Pillar: New York State and the Federal Constitution. Cornell Univ. Press, 1966.
  • Fox, Dixon Ryan. The Decline of the Aristocracy in the Politics of New York. Columbia Univ. Press, 1919.
  • Gerlach, Don R. Philip Schuyler and the American Revolution in New York, 1733-1777 (1964) online edition
  • Hanyan, Craig, and Mary L. Hanyan. De Witt Clinton and the Rise of the People's Men (1996) online edition
  • Jacobs, Jaap. New Netherland: A Dutch Colony in Seventeenth-Century America (2005) online edition
  • Kammen, Michael. Colonial New York: A History. 1975.
  • Kenney, Alice P. Stubborn for Liberty: The Dutch in New York.Syracuse University Press, 1975.
  • Kim, Sung Bok, Landlord and Tenant in Colonial New York: Manorial Society 1664-1775 (1978)
  • McManus, Edgar J - A History of Negro Slavery in New York (1966)
  • Ritchie, Robert C. The Duke's Province: A Study of New York Politics and Society, 1664-1691 (1977) online edition
  • Spaulding, E. Wilder. New York in the Critical Period, 1781-1789. Columbia Univ. Press, 1932.
  • Young, Alfred F. The Democratic Republicans of New York: The Origins, 1763-1797. U. of North Carolina Press, 1967.


  • Alexander, De Alva Stanwood, A Political History of the State of New York (1906) 4 vol; detailed narrative historyonline Vol I 1774-1832, online Vol II 1833-1861 online Vol III 1861-1882
  • Bruegel, Martin. Farm, Shop, Landing: The Rise of a Market Society in the Hudson Valley, 1780-1860 (2002)
  • Cross, Whitney R. The Burned Over District: The Social and Intellectual History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York, 1800-1850 (1950)
  • Gosnell, Harold F. Boss Platt and His New York Machine: A Study of the Political Leadership of Thomas C. Platt, Theodore Roosevelt, and Others (1924) online edition
  • Huston, Reeve. Land and Freedom: Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York (2000) online edition
  • Kaminski, John P. George Clinton: Yeoman Politician of the New Republic (1993)
  • McCurdy, Charles W. The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839-1865 (2001) online edition
  • Niven, John. Martin Van Buren: The Romantic Age of American Politics (1983)
  • Shaw, Ronald E. Erie Water West: A History of the Erie Canal, 1792-1854. (University of Kentucky Press, 1966)
  • Van Dusen, Glyndon, William Henry Seward (1967)
  • Yellowitz, Irwin. Labor and the Progressive Movement in New York State, 1897-1916. [1965]. online edition


  • Bellush, Bernard; Franklin D. Roosevelt as Governor of New York (1955) online
  • Brown, Phil. In the Catskills: A Century of Jewish Experience in "The Mountains" (2002) online edition
  • Connery, Robert H. and Gerald Benjamin. Governing New York State: The Rockefeller Years, (1974) online.
  • Davis Kenneth S. FDR: The New York Years, 1928-1933. 1979.
  • Doig, Jameson W. Empire on the Hudson: Entrepreneurial Vision and Political Power at the Port of New York Authority (2000) online edition
  • Galie, Peter J.; Ordered Liberty: A Constitutional History of New York (1996)
  • Gallagher, Jay. The Politics of Decline, A Chronicle of New York's Descent and What You Can Do To Save Your State (2005), conservative critique
  • Hartzwell, Karl Drew The Empire State at War: World War II (19490 online edition
  • Ingalls, Robert P. Herbert H. Lehman and New York's Little New Deal (1975) online edition
  • Liebschutz, Sarah F., Robert W. Bailey, Jeffrey M. Stonecash, Joseph F. Zimmerman, and Jane Shapiro Zacek; New York Politics & Government: Competition and Compassion (1998) textbook online
  • McClelland, Peter D., and Alan L. Magdovitz, Crisis in the Making: The Political Economy of New York State since 1945 (1981)
  • McElvaine Robert S. Mario Cuomo: A Biography. 1988.
  • Marlin, George J. Squandered Opportunities: New York's Pataki Years (2006) by Conservative party activist
  • Moscow Warren. Politics in the Empire State. 1948.
  • Munger Frank J., and Ralph A. Straitz. New York Politics. 1960.
  • Mumpower,Jeryl L., and Warren F. Ilchman, New York State in the Year 2000 (1988)
  • New York State Writers' Program; New York: A Guide to the Empire State (1940) famous guidebook by WPA online
  • Pecorella, Robert F., and Jeffrey M. Stonecash. Governing New York State (2006) excerpt and online search from
  • Slayton, Robert A. Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith (2001) excerpts and online search from
  • Smith, Richard Norton. Thomas E. Dewey and His Times. 1982,
  • Spitzer, Robert J. The Right to Life Movement and Third Party Politics (1987) online edition
  • Stonecash, Jeffrey M., John K. White, and Peter W. Colby, eds., Governing New York State (1994)
  • Thompson, John Henry. The Geography of New York State (1977)
  • Ward, Robert B. New York State Government (2nd ed 2006), 512pp
  • Zeller, Belle; Pressure Politics in New York: A Study of Group Representation before the Legislature (1937) online