The History Shelf - A Historical Fiction, History Book and Movie Timeline

1800 A.D. - 1899 A.D.

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1800

My Theodosia
My Theodosia

The Last Great Dance on Earth
The Last Great Dance on Earth
Victor
Victor: A Novel Based on the Life of the Savage of Aveyron

 

Cowboys and Coffin Makers
Cowboys and Coffin-Makers: One Hundred 19th-century Jobs You Might Have Feared or Fancied 

The Wild Boy
The Wild Boy

The Broken Blade

The Broken Blade

 

 

1801

 

    Thomas Jefferson
PBS Ken Burn’s Thomas Jefferson
Netflix streaming
Amazon

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

The Year of the Horseless Carraige

Year of the Horseless Carriage: 1801

 

BrainPOP
Thomas Jefferson
1802

Someone Knows My Name: A Novel
Someone Knows My Name: A Novel

     

The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution (Cornerstones of Freedom: Third)
 
1803

A Royal Likeness
A Royal Likeness

   

Roots
Amazon Instant Video
Roots Episode 5

The Louisiana Purchase (2 min)

Cabin on Trouble Creek
Cabin on Trouble Creek

Which Way to the Wild West
Which Way to the Wild West?
This book covers material from 1803 to 1890.

The Louisiana Purchase

The Louisiana Purchase (Cornerstones of Freedom. Third Series)

 

1804

Sacajawea (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
Sacajawea (Lewis & Clark Expedition)

 

 

PBS Napoleon

Napoleon The Early Campaigns

Napoleon
Napoleon A&E Mini-series
Netflix

We Shall Remain
We Shall Remain part 2: Tecumseh's Vision (free online)
Amazon

Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark
Netflix streaming

PBS Lewis and Clark
PBS Lewis and Clark
Netflix streaming
Amazon

Sacajawea
Sacajawea

The Story of Napoleon
The Story of Napoleon (Yesterday's Classics) Free online

The Lewis and Clark Expedition
The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Seaman's Journal
Seaman's Journal: On the Trail With Lewis and Clark 
(Easy picture book)

The Captain's Dog
The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe

Of Courage Undaunted
Of Courage Undaunted
 

The Duel

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804
The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804

 

BrainPOP
Napoleon Bonaparte

BrainPOP
Tecumseh

 

Horrible Histories: Extraordinary Explorers

 

BrainPOP
Lewis and Clark

1805

 

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Seaward BornSeaward Born

Diary of an Early American Boy

Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805 
 
1806

The Secret River
The Secret River

  The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier
The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier

The West (Ken Burn's)
Ken Burn’s The West Episode 1 (to 1806)
Netflix

Amazon

Stopping To HomeStopping To Home

Noah Webster
Noah Webster: Weaver of Words

Noah Webster

Noah Webster: Master of Words 

 

1807            
1808            
1809

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court

Walk in My Soul
Walk in My Soul
  Dolley Madison
American Experience: Dolley Madison
Netflix Streaming
Free online
Amazon


The Great Little Madison
The Great Little Madison 

BrainPOP
James Madison
1810

 

   

Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video
Vanity Fair is set during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815) I stuck it in about here.

Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

The Duelists
The Duellists (set in the Napoleonic Wars and into the period of Bourbon restoration)
Netflix streaming

Amazon Instant Video

The Dragon on the Cliff
The Dragon in the Cliff: A Novel Based on the Life of Mary Anning
1811 England

 

1811 The Emperor's Conspiracy
The Emperor's Conspiracy
   

Regency House
Regency House Party (Lots of "romance" and some stuff you may want to preview)

Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility (published in 1811)
Netflix streaming

Amazon Instant Video
Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

 

1812

Fire Along the Sky
Fire Along the Sky

By the King's Design
By the King's Design

 

War of 1812

War of 1812

Waterloo
Waterloo
Netflix

Sharpe's Waterloo
Sharpe 14: Sharpe’s Waterloo
Netflix

War & Peace
War & Peace (Napoleon’s invasion of Russia)
Netflix

Battlefield Detectives
Battlefield Detectives: The Chesapeake (War of 1812)
Netflix Streaming

To The Ends of the Earth
To The Ends of the Earth
1812 sea voyage to Australia
Netflix streaming
Preview

Great Expectations
Great Expectations (took place in 1812)
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

Great Expectations

Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations

1812 The War Nobody Won

1812: The War Nobody Won

Abandoned on the Wild Frontier

Abandoned on the Wild Frontier

Meet Caroline

Meet Caroline

Crossing the Panther's Path
Crossing the Panther's Path

Once on This IslandOnce on This Island

 

1813

 

    Sharpe
Sharpe series (Netflix) (There are 15 or more episodes you can watch.)
Youtube

Adoniram Judson
Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
1788-1850
(Was sent to Burma at the age of 25 in 1813.)

The Treasure of Amelia Island

The Treasure of Amelia Island 

 

BrainPOP

Simon Bolivar
1814 Queen of Swords
Queen of Swords
The Heiress of Winterwood
The Heiress of Winterwood
 

Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park
(published in 1814)
Netflix streaming

Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park
1999 version
Netflix

The Star-Spangled Secret
The Star-Spangled Secret


1815


 

Les Miserables

Les Misérables
Free for Kindle

 

     

Schurbert
Franz Schubert & His Merry Friends 1797-1828

Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans
Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans, The
Order

Kidnapped by Pirates

Kidnapped by Pirates: Based on the true story of a fourteen year-old boy, Charles Tilton, who was kidnapped alone from an American whaler by Jean Lafitte's pirates

Les Miserables
Les Miserables (A Stepping Stone Book)

Les Miserables
Les Miserables
My daughter and I enjoyed this version of the movie!

The Journey of the August King

The Journey of August King
Netflix

Emma

Emma (Amazon Instant Video)
1816      

Persuasion
Persuasion (published in 1818)

Netflix

John Williams
John Williams: Messenger of Peace (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) 

1796-1839 (In 1816 he was commissioned as a missionary)

The Journeyman
The Journeyman

 

1817

 

     

Erie CanalAmazing Impossible Erie Canal (ground breaking in 1817)

The Thieves of Tyburn Square

The Thieves of Tyburn Square

James Monroe
James Monroe: Fifth President, 1817-1825

 
1818            
1819            
1820      

Hawaii
Hawaii (1820)
Some cultural nudity

Netflix streaming 

Wintering Well
Wintering Well

Chopin
Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland Early Years
(born 1810)
Reader

Have at home

 

1821            
1822

 

   

 



Seeker of Knowledge
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs

The Man Who Named the Clouds
The Man Who Named the Clouds

Horrible Histories - King George IV Solo Career
1823        

Imprisoned in the Golden City: Adoniram and Ann Judson

Imprisoned in the Golden City: Adoniram and Ann Judson

Wagner

Adventures of Richard Wagner
 
1824 The Endless Forest: A Novel
The Endless Forest: A Novel
     

Meet Josefina
Meet Josefina

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

 
1825      

The Strauss Family
The Strauss Family (a 7 hour period drama that covers the years 1825-1899)

Netflix


 

Abner Doubleday: Boy Baseball Pioneer (Young Patriots series)
Abner Doubleday: Boy Baseball Pioneer (Young Patriots series)

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams 6th President 1825-1829

James Audubon
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon 

Michael Faraday
Michael Faraday (Trailblazers)

Preview


 

1826            
1827      

Bleak House
Bleak House (Published in 1852, action set in 1827)
Netflix streaming

Bleak House
Bleak House (2005 version)
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Instant Video

Pickwick Papers
Pickwick Papers (by Dickens – the action is supposed to happen around 1827-28 or so)

Netflix
Victoria Rebels
Victoria Rebels

 

1828      

 

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson 7th President 1829-1837

Old Hickory
Old Hickory:Andrew Jackson and the American People

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson, Frontier Statesman

Frederick Douglass: Young Defender of Human Rights (Young Patriots series)
Frederick Douglass: Young Defender of Human Rights (Young Patriots series)

BrainPOP

Andrew Jackson
1829         Sarah Whitcher's Story
Sarah Whitcher's Story This book takes place during "pioneer times" without a specific date.
 
1830 The Anatomist's Wife
The Anatomist's Wife
   

Middlemarch
Middlemarch (set in 1830)
Netflix streaming

Amazon Instant Video

Hokusai
Hokusai : The Man Who Painted a Mountain

Exiled to the Red River

Exiled to the Red River

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32

 

1831      

 

Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure (Historical Notebooks)

BrainPOP

Charles Darwin
1832        

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Lew Wallace: Boy Writer (Young Patriots series)
Lew Wallace: Boy Writer (Young Patriots series)

Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears
Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

Courage to Run: A Story Based on the Life of Harriet Tubman
Courage to Run: A Story Based on the Life of Harriet Tubman

Swift Rivers
Swift Rivers

 
1833 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
This book spans a large swath of time but the bulk of it occurs in the mid-late 1800's. It ends in 1903.
Burr: A Novel
Burr: A Novel
   

Hue and Cry

Hue and Cry

 
1834 Between Love and Honor
Between Love and Honor
   

Tom Brown's School Days
Tom Brown’s School Days (Victorian Times – 1800’s - was published in 1857 but the story took place earlier)

Netflix
The Legend of Bass Reeves
The Legend of Bass Reeves

 

1835      

Wives and Daughters
Wives and Daughters (takes places in the 1830’s)
Netflix streaming

Amazon Instant Video
 

Horrible Histories - Robert Knox

 

1836

Ride the Wind
Ride the Wind

 

Light a Distant Fire
Light a Distant Fire
 

The Alamo
The Alamo
Amazon Instant Video
Netflix

Remember the Alamo
PBS: Remember the Alamo
Netflix

Amazon

Adventure Tales of Arkansas (free book)

Magnificent Sam: The Amazing Adventures of Sam Houston

Magnificent Sam: The Amazing Adventures of Sam Houston

 

1837 Victoria Victorious: The Story of Queen Victoria (A Queens of England Novel)
Victoria Victorious: The Story of Queen Victoria (A Queens of England Novel)
   

We Shall Remain
American Experience: We Shall Remain part 3 (Trail of Tears)

Oliver Masterpiece Theatre

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist (Amazon Instant Video)

Horrible Histories - Victorian Childhood

Queen Victoria

The Young Victoria
The Young Victoria

Amazon Instant Video

Charles Dickens
Biography: Charles Dickens
 (Netflix streaming)
Amazon

Dickens of London
Masterpiece Theater: Dickens of London

Netflix Streaming

Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren 8th President 1837-1841

 

BrainPOP
Charles Dickens
BrainPOP
Trail of Tears

 

1838

 

     

A Boy Called Dickens
A Boy Called Dickens

The Journal of Jesse Smoke : A Cherokee Boy, Trail of Tears, 1838
The Journal of Jesse Smoke : A Cherokee Boy, Trail of Tears, 1838

In the Days of Queen Victoria
In the Days of Queen Victoria
Free online

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist Free online

Or abridged:

Oliver Twist (library)

Prisoners in the Palace
Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel

 
1839

Galway Bay
Galway Bay

    Amistad
Amistad
Netflix
Amazon Instant Video

Victoria and her court
Victoria and Her Court (Life in Victorian England)

Amistad
Amistad: The Slave Uprising Aboard the Spanish Schooner

HORRIBLE HISTORIES - Shouty Man: Victorian Child

Horrible Histories - British Things

1840

 

  The Victorian Internet
The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers

 

The City

The City (Life in Victorian England)

BrainPOP
Slavery
BrainPOP

Underground Railroad

 

Hungry Hill
Netflix streaming

Horrible Histories - Victorian Inventions
1841

 

    Solomon
Solomon Northup’s Odyssey
Netflix

Harrison
William Henry Harrison 9th President March  1841-April 1841

John Tyler

John Tyler 10th President 1841-1845

Heart of a Samurai
Heart of a Samurai

The Countryside

The Countryside (Life in Victorian England)

 

1842

North and South
North and South (North and South Trilogy Part One)

      Edgar Allen Poe
Nevermore: A Photobiography of Edgar Allan Poe  Library

BrainPOP

Ada Lovelace

Horrible Histories Victorian Eastenders

 

1843

Oregon Country: The Story of the 1843 Oregon Trail Migration
Oregon Country: The Story of the 1843 Oregon Trail Migration

   

Martin Chuzzlewit
Martin Chuzzlewit (published in 1843)
Netflix streaming

Seven Alone
Seven Alone
Netflix streaming

Amazon Instant Video

To Be a Slave
To Be a Slave

Attack in the Rye Grass

Attack in the Rye Grass

Lyddie
Lyddie
(Open Library)

Moccasin Trail

Moccasin Trail (Puffin Newberry Library)

 

1844 Conquistadora
Conquistadora
Dragonwyck
Dragonwyck
   

Dodger
Dodger This book is set during the Victorian era with no specific date

Sterling Point Books: The Stout-Hearted Seven: Orphaned on the Oregon Trail
Sterling Point Books: The Stout-Hearted Seven: Orphaned on the Oregon Trail

 
1845

The Wet Nurse's Tale
The Wet Nurse's Tale (Set in Victorian England)

 

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Free online
 

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

The White Stallion
The White Stallion

James K. Polk

James K. Polk 11th President 1845-1849

BrainPOP
Frederick Douglass (free)

BrainPOP

Manifest Destiny
1846

Fearless:A Novel of Sarah Bowman
Fearless:A Novel of Sarah Bowman

   

The Donner Party
The Donner Party
(1846-1847) Rated R
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Instant Video

Donner Party
American Experience: The Donner Party
Amazon

Disraeli
Disraeli - Benjamin Disraeli, the famed 19th-century British politician who helped create the Conservative Party and went on to serve two terms as England's prime minister. 
Netflix

Dombey and Son
Dombey and Son (first published in 1846 – Charles Dickens)
Netflix

Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner PartyPatty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party

The Donner Party
The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party Library

The Mexican American War
The Mexican-American War
Google preview

Read my review of this book here.

 

BrainPOP

Mexican-American War
1847      

Wuthering Heights
Masterpiece Theater: Wuthering Heights (published in 1847)
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

 

 

1848

 

   

The West
Ken Burn’s The West Episode 3
Netflix

The Gold Rush
Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush
Netflix
Amazon

Gold Rush
How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush: An Adventurer's Guide to the Fabulous Riches Discovered in 1848

Google preview

Westward To Home: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary
Westward To Home: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary

BrainPOP
The Gold Rush

 

Horrible Histories - The Cowboy Song
1849      

The Inheritance
The Inheritance (written in 1849)

Netflix

The Serpent's Children: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1849
The Serpent's Children: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1849

Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor 12th President 1849-1850

 

1850

The Last Runaway
The Last Runaway

   

Love Comes Softly
Love Comes Softly (1800’s)

Netflix

Ransom's Mark: A Story Based on the Life of the Pioneer Olive Oatman
Ransom's Mark: A Story Based on the Life of the Pioneer Olive Oatman

Adventure Tales of California (free download)

Stories of Gorilla Country
Stories of the Gorilla Country, Illustrated Edition (Yesterday's Classics)
Free at Google Books
Free at the Baldwin Project
This book spans a number of years, but begins around 1850.

Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer GirlRachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl

The Story of Peter Tchaikovsky
The Story of Peter Tchaikovsky

Milliard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore 13th President 1850-1853

 

1851

 

   

North and South
North & South (set in the last 1840’s and the characters also visit the Great Exhibition in 1851) *Some romance (nothing explicit) and minor violence – Both my daughter and I really liked this series. You get to see what the cotton mills were like, labor unions of the time, child labor and a mill town vs. the countryside, etc.
Netflix streaming

Amazon Instant Video

Come See the Earth Turn
Come See the Earth Turn

 

1852

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Free online


The House Girl
The House Girl

In the Land of the Long White Cloud
In the Land of the Long White Cloud
 

The Bushido Blade
The Bushido Blade – Japan

Netflix Streaming

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Told to the Children (H.E. Marshall) Free online

Oregon Trail
How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail

Bound for Oregon
Bound for Oregon

 

1853

 

 

 

 

Elisabeth: The Princess Bride, Austria-Hungary, 1853
Elisabeth: The Princess Bride, Austria-Hungary, 1853

Listen for the Whippoorwill

Listen for the Whippoorwill

Shanghaied to China: Hudson Taylor

Shanghaied to China

Meet Marie-Grace

Meet Marie-Grace

Meet Cecile

Meet Cecile

Brahms

Johannes Brahms

Commodore Perry
Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun

Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce 14th President 1853-1857
 
1854      

Hard Times
Hard Times (Published in 1854)
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Instant Video

The Charge of the Light Brigade
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

The Charge of the Light Brigade
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936 version)

Netflix streaming

Meet Kirsten
Meet Kirsten

Roundup of the Street Rovers

Roundup of the Street Rovers

The Drummer Boy's Battle

The Drummer Boy's Battle (Crimean War)

Delacroix
Eugene Delacroix 

In The Shadow of the LampIn The Shadow of the Lamp

 

1855

Empress Orchid
Empress Orchid
This novel spans the time period 1851 to about 1862.

 

 

Little Dorrit
Little Dorrit (published in 1855)
Netflix

Amazon Instant Video

Mountain Light
Mountain Light

The Traitor : Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1885
The Traitor : Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1885

Carolina's Courage

Carolina's Courage

 

1856 Barbarians
Barbarians
     

Bandit's Moon
Bandit's Moon

Brady
Brady

 
1857

 

 

 

Captains and the Kings
Captains and the Kings (Series spans time period from 1857 to 1912)
Netflix

The Warlords
The Warlords
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Instant Video
Set during the Taiping Rebellion

Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom

Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom

James Buchanan

James Buchanan 15th President 1857-1861

 

1858

A Land Remembered
A Land Remembered
This is a multi-generational story that starts in 1858 and ends in the 1970's. It's sometimes used as a text to teach about Florida's history.

 

 

The Song of Bernadette
The Song of Bernadette (1858)

Netflix

Elijah of Buxton
Elijah Of Buxton

Caleb's Choice
Caleb's Choice

A Boy of Old Japan
A Boy of Old Japan
Free at Google books
Free at the Baldwin Project

This story spans from 1858 to 1895.

Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven, Japan 1858
Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven, Japan 1858

 

1859

 

   

Nightjohn
Nightjohn

Netflix

Nightjohn
Nightjohn

Day of Tears
Day of Tears

Charles and Emma
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

James Whitcomb Riley: Young Poet (Young Patriots series)
James Whitcomb Riley: Young Poet (Young Patriots series)

 

1860

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    Burke and Wills – 1860 expedition across the Australian interior
Netflix streaming

A Family Apart (Orphan Train Adventures)
A Family Apart (Orphan Train Adventures)

Pony Express
They're Off! : The Story of the Pony Express

Riders of the Pony Express

Riders of the Pony Express

Black Storm Comin'
Black Storm Comin'

 

1861

Love and War
Love and War (North and South Trilogy)

 

Lincoln: A Novel
Lincoln: A Novel

Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind

 

Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York
(starts in 1840’s and then jumps to 1860’s)
Netflix

Lincoln
Lincoln The Untold Stories
Netflix streaming

Beulah Land
Beulah Land (from 1827 through the Reconstruction)
Netflix

North and South
North and South
Netflix

The Blue and the Gray
The Blue & The Gray
Netflix

PBS Civil War
PBS Civil War

 

Stonewall Jackson
Biography: Stonewall Jackson
Netflix streaming

Annie, Between the States
Annie, Between the States

The River Between Us
The River Between Us

Bull Run
Bull Run

The Perilous Road
The Perilous Road

Cynthia Ann Parker
Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker

Adventure Tales of the Civil War & Reconstruction (free downloadable book)

Two Miserable Presidents
Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War

Adventure Tales of the Civil War and Reconstruction
FREE PDF Download

Caddie Woodlawn
Caddie Woodlawn

Abraham Lincoln's World
Abraham Lincoln's World

BrainPOP
Abraham Lincoln

BrainPOP
Civil War (free)

BrainPOP
Civil War Causes

Dear America: When Will This Cruel War be Over?

1862

Anna and the King
Anna and the King

   

Anna and the King
Anna and the King – a beautiful movie
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

The King and I
The King and I
Netflix

Battlefield Detectives: Civil War: Shiloh
April 6-7, 1862
Netflix streaming

Robert E. Lee

American Experience: Robert E. Lee

Amazon

Caught in the Rebel Camp

Caught in the Rebel Camp

Iron Thunder
Iron Thunder (Monitor and the Merrimac) Library

Stonewall Jackson
Stonewall Jackson

 

1863

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel
I put this here when she married...
 

Dances With Wolves
Dances With Wolves

Gettysburg Civil War Veterans (Narrated footage of veterans filmed between 1913 and 1938)

Gettysburg
Gettysburg: The Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War 

Under Seige

Under Siege!: Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg

The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier, Virginia, 1863
The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier, Virginia, 1863

I Survived #7: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
I Survived #7: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

Hans Brinker
Hans Brinker of the Silver Skates (1860’s)
Netflix

1864

   

Molokai
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
Netflix streaming

Sherman's March

Sherman’s March (1864)
Netflix streaming

Fanny Crosby
Fanny Crosby
Netflix streaming

Fanny Crosby

Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs

Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet

Meet Addy: An American Girl
Meet Addy: An American Girl


 

1865

Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell (North and South Trilogy) For ME, not for kids

The Orchardist
The Orchardist

 

Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind (Amazon Instant Video) This movie spans the years 1860 to the 1870's.

 

National Geographic: Civil War Gold (shipwreck from 1865)
Netflix streaming

PBS Reconstruction
PBS: Reconstruction
Amazon

Freedom a History of US

Reconstruction and Reunion

Forty Acres and maybe a mule
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

Juliette Low: Girl Scout Founder (Young Patriots series)
Juliette Low: Girl Scout Founder (Young Patriots series)

Reconstruction Junction
Reconstruction Junction
Online preview

Chasing Lincoln's Killer
Chasing Lincoln's Killer

The Devil's Paintbox
The Devil's Paintbox
(Set in 1865/1866)

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson 17th President 1865-1869

 

1866

A Dangerous Fortune
A Dangerous Fortune

    Queen
Alex Haley’s Queen
Netflix

Shades of Gray
Shades of Gray

Farmer Boy
Farmer Boy

KKK
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

Sinking the Dayspring

Sinking the Dayspring

 

Third Man on the Mountain
Disney's Third Man on the Mountain
Netflix
Amazon Instant Video

BrainPOP

Industrial Revolution
1867 The Far Pavilions
The Far Pavilions
 

 

 

The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps
The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps

Tchaikovsky
Peter Tchaikovsky 

Dragon's Gate (Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1867)Dragon's Gate (Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1867)

 
1868


   

The West
Ken Burn’s The West Episode 4
Netflix

 

Shooting Creek (1868)

Netflix streaming

Little House in the Big Woods
Little House in the Big Woods

Winslow Homer
Winslow Homer 

 

1869

 

   

Railroads
Modern Marvels: Railroads that Tamed the West (Transcontinental Railroad was finished in 1869)
Netflix Streaming

Trancontinental Railroad
PBS American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad

Pissaro

Camille Pissarro 

Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie

Grant

Ulysses S. Grant 18th President 1869-1877

Sarny (Nightjohn)

Sarny (Nightjohn)

 

1870

 

 

The Captured
The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

Frontier House
Frontier House

The Brooklyn Bridge


The Brooklyn Bridge (began in 1870, completed in 1883)
Netflix streaming

Ken Burns Brooklyn Bridge

Ken Burns America Collection - Brooklyn Bridge

 

Edward MacDowell
Edward MacDowell and His Cabin in the Pines

 

John Henry Legend Cartoon
1871

The Wild Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria's Defiant Daughter
The Wild Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria's Defiant Daughter

The Virgin Cure: A Novel
The Virgin Cure: A Novel

 

Wyatt Earp
American Experience: Wyatt Earp
Netflix streaming
Free online
Amazon Instant Video

In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago (The Great Chicago Fire of 1871)
Netflix streaming

Whistler

James McNeill Whistler 

Children of the Fire
Children of the Fire
Browse online

 

1872

 

   

The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence
Netflix streaming

Ruby in the Smoke
Sally Lockhart Mysteries - Ruby In the Smoke

Netflix

The Mary Celeste

The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History

The Bandit of Ashley Downs

The Bandit of Ashley Downs

 

1873

The Turquoise
The Turquoise

 

 

 

Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy (Puffin Classics) 1070 L
Free for Kindle
Free at Google Books

Henry Ford: Young Man with Ideas

Little Lord Faunterlory (1870’s)
Netflix streaming

 

1874

 

   

The West
Ken Burn’s The West Episode 5
Netflix

The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now – set in the 1870’s in London during the Railway boom
Netflix streaming
My adult daughter and I enjoyed this!

The Land

The Land

 

1875

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Paris: The Novel
Paris: The Novel
This books spans the time period of 1875 to 1968

The 19th Wife: A Novel
The 19th Wife: A Novel
This book jumps from the present to the 1870's
 

The Buccaneers
Masterpiece Theater: The Buccaneers

Netflix streaming

Old Town in the Green Groves
Old Town in the Green Groves: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Lost Little House Years


Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal 

Monet
Monet 

 

1876

 

 

 

Song of the Morning Star
Song of the Morning Star
(Battle of Big Horn/Custer)
Netflix streaming


The Molly Maguries
The Molly Maguires
Netflix

Modern Marvels
Modern Marvels: The Telephone (invented 1876)
Netflix streaming

Biography
Biography: Alexander Graham Bell
Netflix streaming

mark twain
Mark Twain
Netflix streaming

Freedom a History of Us Episode 9 Working for Freedom


 

Custer's Last Stand

American Experience: Custer's Last Stand

Trial by Poison

Trial by Poison

Alexander G. Bell
Alexander Graham Bell: Setting the Tone for Communication 

Always Inventing
Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell 

On the Banks of Plum Creek
On the Banks of Plum Creek

Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (This book was published in 1876.)

Sitting Bull
Sitting Bull and His World


 

BrainPOP

Mark Twain

 

1877

 

    The West
Ken Burn’s The West Episode 6
Netflix

Thunder Rolling in the Mountains
Thunder Rolling in the Mountains

Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. Hayes: 19th President 1877-1881

Texas cattle drive

How to Get Rich on a Texas Cattle Drive: In Which I Tell the Honest Truth About Rampaging Rustlers, Stampeding Steers and Other Fateful Hazards on the Wild Chisolm Trail

The West
Ken Burn’s The West Episode 6
Netflix

1878 The Painted Girls: A Novel
The Painted Girls: A Novel
   

Shaka Zulu
Shaka Zulu
Amazon

Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly About an Australian bushranger around 1878-1880

Netflix streaming
Marie, Dancing
Marie, Dancing

 

1879

 

 

 

Zulu
Zulu
Netflix streaming

Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn
Netflix

Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison: Inventor With a Lot of Bright Ideas  Library

A longer and more detailed book choice is:

A Boy's Life of Edison

A Boy's Life of Edison
Free online

Free at Google Books

By the Shores of Silver Lake
By the Shores of Silver Lake

 

Thomas Edison
Animated Hero Classics: Thomas Edison and the Electric Light

BrainPOP

Thomas Edison
1880

 

     

The Long Winter
The Long Winter

Bone Sharps
Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards: A Tale of Edward Drinker Cope, Othniel Charles Marsh, and the Gilded Age of Paleontology

 
1881

These Is My Words (P.S.)
These Is My Words (P.S.)

The Living Reed: A Novel of Korea
The Living Reed: A Novel of Korea
This book takes place from 1881 to after the 2nd World War
 

Greely Expedition
American Experience: The Greely Expedition
Amazon

Billy the Kid
American Experience: Billy the Kid
Free online

Jesse James

American Experience - Jesse James

Free online

Garfield
James A. Garfield: 20th President 1881

Chester A. Arthur

Chester A. Arthur 21st President 1881-1885

Renoir

Pierre Auguste Renoir 

Little Town on the Prairie
Little Town on the Prairie
Library

Rodzina
Rodzina

 

1882      

Open Range
Open Range (1882)
Rated R

Netflix

Kidnapped by River Rats: William and Catherine Booth

Kidnapped by River Rats

 

1883

 

      These Happy Golden Years
These Happy Golden Years This book spans the years 1882-1885

BrainPOP

Time Zones

Horrible Histories - Stupid Deaths - Matthew Webb

1884       The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man
Netflix streaming

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Seurat
Georges Seurat

 

mary Cassatt
Mary Cassatt

 

1885

 

   

Annie Oakley
Biography - Annie Oakley: Crackshot in Petticoats

American Experience: Annie Oakley (free online)

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley (DK Biography)

Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau

Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland: 22nd and 24th President: 1885-1889 and 1893-1897

 

1886

 

   

Statue of Liberty
Ken Burns’ America: The Statue of Liberty
Amazon Instant Video
Netflix streaming

Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola The Real Story
Free on Hulu

The Claim
The Claim – Rated R

Netflix

Singer Sargent
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: The Story of a Painting
(Singer Sargent)

The First Four Years
The First Four Years

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty (Cornerstones of Freedom: Second)

Walk Across the Sea
Walk Across the Sea

 

1887

The Last Romanov
The Last Romanov

Parlor Games: A NovelParlor Games: A Novel  

The West
Ken Burn’s The West Episode 2
Netflix

Therese
Therese
Amazon

Helen Keller

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Quest for the Lost Prince

Quest for the Lost Prince

 

The Miracle Worker
The Miracle Worker (Helen Keller)
Netflix
1962 version (Netflix)

BrainPOP

Helen Keller
1888


 

  The Children's Blizzard
The Children's Blizzard 
 

Blizzard
Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America

Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas

 

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

George Eastman and the Kodak Camera

George Eastman and the Kodak Camera
1889 The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel
The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel
 

 

The Crown Prince
The Crown Prince
Netflix streaming

Eiffel Tower
Modern Marvels: Eiffel Tower

Netflix streaming

Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889
Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 

Harrison

Benjamin Harrison the 23rd President: 1889-1893

 

1890 Elizabeth Street
Elizabeth Street
This book is from 1890 to 1918
    Hidalgo
Hidalgo
Netflix
Amazon Instant Video

Remington
Frederic Remington 


Cezanne
Paul Cezanne

Mill Times
Mill Times
Netflix
Amazon

 

BrainPOP

Wounded Knee
1891 Moloka'i
Moloka'i
   

The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
1890’s London
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

Paradise Found
Paradise Found (Gauguin the painter)

Netflix

Roller Skates
Roller Skates

Gaugin
Paul Gauguin

ACHOA: Painting Chapter 27: Post Impressionism (Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin)

 

1892 Queen of America: A Novel
Queen of America: A Novel
   

Kim
Kim
Netflix streaming
Amazon Instant Video

Published in 1900, but set after the 2nd Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the 3rd war which started in 1919.

Tchaikovsky
Peter Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Ballet

Paganini

Paganini, Master of Strings

 

1893

The American Heiress: A Novel
The American Heiress: A Novel

Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Novel (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Novels)
Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Novel (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt Novels)
 

Princess Kauiulani
Princess Kaiulani
Netflix

Hawaii's Last Queen
Hawaii’s Last Queen (American Experience)
Netflix

Far and Away
Far and Away (Takes place in the 1890’s including the Land Run of 1893)
Netflix

Amazon Instant Video

Drawn by a China Moon

Drawn by a China Moon

Danger on the Flying Trapeze

Danger on the Flying Trapeze

Daniel Hale Williams

Daniel Hale Williams: Surgeon Who Opened Hearts and Minds

City of Orphans
City of Orphans

Cleveland

Grover Cleveland: 22nd and 24th President: 1885-1889 and 1893-1897

Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair (free)

Fair Weather
Fair Weather

 

1894

 

 

 

 

On the Way Home
On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894

Milton Hershey
Milton Hershey: Young Chocolatier

I put this here because 1894 is when Milton founded the Hershey Chocolate Company. It covers events previous to that time as well.

Milton Hershey
Biography - Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King

Netflix
1895

 

      Call of the Wild
Call of the Wild
Free for Kindle
 
1896    

 

Dreyfus Affair
Prisoner of Honor
(About the Dreyfus affair 1896)
Netflix

Sousa

John Philip Sousa

 

1897

The Prague Cemetery
The Prague Cemetery

   

Klondike Fever
Klondike Fever
Netflix

Subterra
Subterra
Netflix

Ambushed in Jaguar Swamp

Ambushed in Jaguar Swamp

The Gold Miner's Rescue

The Gold Miner's Rescue

Eddie Rickenbacker: Boy Pilot and Racer (Young Patriots Series)
Eddie Rickenbacker: Boy Pilot and Racer (Young Patriots Series)

Mc Kinley

William McKinley: 25th President 1897-1901

1897 Sears Catalogue
1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue

 

1898

 

 

 

Rough Riders
Rough Riders

Netflix

The Spanish American War
Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War

The Spanish American War

The Spanish-American War

CarlotaCarlota

 

The Adventures of Ociee Nash
The Adventures Ociee Nash
 Rated G
1898
Netflix streaming

 

1899

Wilderness: A NovelWilderness: A Novel

 

 

Habits of the House
Habits of the House
   

Our Only May Amelia
Our Only May Amelia

Mask of the Wolf Boy

Mask of the Wolf Boy

A Little Princess
A Little Princess Although fiction, I love this story and have included it here as a literature choice. Sarah’s father is killed during the Boer War – so it fits in this time period and features the “feel” of 1899.
Free at Baldwin Project
Free at Project Gutenberg
Audio recording from LibriVox:
Version 1
Version 2

Newsies
Newsies (Disney)
Netflix

The Little Princess
The Little Princess
Netflix streaming

Amazon Instant Video
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