This is simply my list of nominees, all pulled from my shelves. Most are from post-1988, with two noteworthy 1970s works thrown in. I'd love to hear everybody else's suggestions too, whether in comments or in posts of your own (whether on your blog or, if you'd like, sent to me and posted here).]
10 More Books Any Student of American History Must Read:
Arthur Barbeau and Florette Henri, The Unknown Soldiers: African-American Troops in World War I (1974).
John Kasson, Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (1978).
Lizabeth Cohen, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 (1990).
Susan Glenn, Daughters of the Shtetl: Life and Labor in the Immigrant Generation (1990).
George Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (1993).
Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993).
James Goodman, Stories of Scottsboro (1994).
Judy Yung, Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (1995).
Karl Jacoby, Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History (2008).Robin Bernstein, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights (2011).