I enjoy reading Daniel Boorstin’s writings on American history. His three-volume series titled The Americans includes The Colonial Experience, The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience.
He goes far beyond the typical “politics, wars, economics” themes to explore the great variety of developments that Americans experienced. For example, he chronicles the rise of the newspaper, the development of the balloon frame house and the skyscraper, the department store, the invention of packaging (along with its associated “strategy of desire”), the changes in American speech and clothing, the growth of black churches in the South, the mythologizing of George Washington, how the camera and recording helped create repeatable experience and “pseudo events.”
American history teachers should be sure to trace the variety of religious issues that infuse the story. I’ll post an outline of some of these issues and a list of resource books on the Dock under “school subjects–American history.” One helpful resource is a variety of back issues of the Christian History periodical, available online.